30 Jan Old Knowledge. Young Insouciance.
Posted at 18:43h in rabbles
It might be a sad truth of human thinking (human connections) that as a person lives longer and knows more, other people listen to them less. Maybe it’s an age thing, in our younger-facing culture. Maybe it’s a potential calculus, like no old human can be all that possibilities a youth could become. Maybe it’s an aesthetic, like the elderly get fat, slovenly, bent down by life. I’m not sure why it seems to work this way. But I’ve observed it nonetheless.
When I was a teenager and 20something proselytizing my take on “this is how the world works” or “you should consider this solution” people would listen and strain their brains to follow the logic and understand what I was saying; with such conviction.
Maybe that’s why older people cling so tenaciously to their higher positions in whatever hierarchy they’re in – college professors, company executives, senior researchers, political leaders, blah-de-blah…
Because as they turn their “time” in the game into material gain e.g. promotions up the ladder of instititutional and institutionalized hierarchy, it offsets the natural inversion of attention I’ve described above. Young tendency to dismiss the old as stupid, slow, not worth wasting time on (prosaically correct I suppose!) always talking bolx is forced to retreat by the older person’s seniority in a mutual hierarchy.
Depending on the personality of the young and the old individual, we get degrees of good grace in accepting the need to listen or while dispensing knowledge without condescension or in receiving instruction without resentment etc.
Arse over tip if you ask me.