who is wiser, young or old?

Pakistan
June 27, 2007 8:04pm CST
People of young age think they are more wise than elders. They also think that elders are fool. Do you agree with this concept? why? if not.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
Hello,i think age is not related to whether you are wise or not,young or old people can be wise,young people mnay have more motivations in doing something while old people may have more experiences.Whether someone will make a good decision everytime will also depend on their personalities,it is not because they are wise or not.
• United States
28 Jun 07
Young people (especially teens and preteens) think they know everything. They think they are smarter than the adults in their lives. I don't agree at all. The older you are, the more you've been through. Yeah there are smart kids and dumb adults out there. But for the most part, older people are way wiser than young people.
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@amehzin (93)
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
They're both wise in different ways. Old people are wise because they've been through life and they know what it's like. But... young people are wise as well because there are some things that are happening now that the old people never really got to experience so they don't have a clue about it.
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@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
28 Jun 07
That is a very good question. One should think that this can't be answered in general but only individually, as some of you stated. But if you think it through there is an objective factor in order to explain why today respect for older people's wisdom is shrinking and why there exists something like a youth cult. When looking into the past, or observing non industrialized people, we notice a very great respect for experience. Experience is a wonderful thing, it gives your a very certain hint what to do and where to go. But technical and social progress in the last century changed our relation to nature and our societies in so rapid a pace, that many times experiences became totally outdated and turned from being an advantage into being an obstacle. You can see not so old people being helpless when dealing with computers, internet, ipods ... And grandchildren can't take you seriously when you're so ignorant about the things that matter to them. Even human relations like male/female contacts, change rapidly. At the other hand, where experience treats with understanding and analyzing, it continues to be an invaluable treasure. To explain: if you studied computer programming int the sixties, you learned a lot of languages which are absolutely obsolete today and you will have to study a new one almost every year. But what you learned about analytics, programm modules and flow, this is very much the same and this is the more important part. Perhaps the most essential part of elder people's wisdom is: they already made and outlived the errors that the younger ones still have to commit.
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
well i think both elders and children are wise in different ways..
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
28 Jun 07
From my perspective there are two ways of looking at it. One is when it comes down to fashion and the latest trends the young defiantly have the advantage of being wiser! But when it come to knowledge of what life has to offer and how far you have to take that Journey in order to get to place of your happiness the elders have got that wise ness down to a tee. But then again, we were all young at one point and have learned to grow and become wise through our experiences. Therefore, their might not be an advantage just a gap that will latter lead to the same knowledge of life.