It’s rather bothersome to me that there are older people who believe that, because younger people are simply younger, or that because younger people have differing opinions from elders at times, that their thoughts are invalid. And that elders thoughts and opinions are valid because of all of the years of experience they have under their belt, which, of course, can not be argued by younger folks.
The fact of the matter is, that a twenty-year-old’s thoughts and opinions are just as real and valid as those of a sixty-year-old. People develop their opinions through their life experiences, so they can change, but when you doubt someones look on life or opinion of the world, you doubt their life experience and it can often be taken personally.
Nowadays, people don’t have very good arguing skills. An argument shouldn’t be that of something vicious. It shouldn’t be a conversation of put downs. When it comes to opinions and controversial subjects such as politics and religion, it is polite to talk up your side and ask questions about the opposing side. Not put down the other side into silence.
To say that a young person doesn’t have as much life experience as an older person is likely true. However, this doesn’t mean that a young person has no valuable life experience at all. I have been told many times that I have more experience under my belt than your average teenager and that, that made me mature faster. Being an anxious shit has taught me a lot about life and the world and I don’t consider myself an oblivious person despite how long it may take for me to understand your average joke. I can acknowledge that the world isn’t the prettiest place in the world. Being exposed to my own anxiety, bouts of depression, incompetent doctors and teachers, inspiring doctors, teachers, and peers, has taught me a lot and I get genuinely offended when people pull the whole “life experience” card. I have some. Not decades worth of life experience, but I have a lot for someone my age. You’d be surprised about some other young folks, too.
And just because a younger person doesn’t hold maybe as much life experience as an older person, does not mean that they do not hold new information or wisdom within themselves that the older person might not have. We can learn from people of all different ages, shapes, and sizes. School teachers can learn a lot from their students (my teacher reminded us that he’s a student, just like us), so why can’t adults learn from younger adults? Is it really a preposterous idea?
Just because a younger person feels differently on a topic from an older person does not mean that their opinion is “underdeveloped” or whatever term a person might use in an attempt to understand that people are different. People’s opinions and thoughts do change throughout their life as life experience shapes them, but this does not mean that a young democrat will blossom into the republican they were always destined to be in a couple of decades. Some people just think differently on certain topics. It does not mean they “don’t understand”, it simply means they feel differently.
I wish young people weren’t put down so much.