I drink coffee with Jim Donoho from Diamond. Jim was a long time official in the aerospace industry locally. Recently, he brought in this chart which suggests that we view the actions of the young and elderly differently.
While their elders may fuss at the younger set, most everyone envies the youth. Many young people are not savvy enough to realize that some things are impossible. Oblivious to this reality, they go ahead and accomplish it anyway. On the basis of experience, many older folks would never attempt the challenges they achieved in their innocence. The fact that the military is not looking for 40-year-olds should tell us something. I think all senior citizens will agree that the good Lord was correct with his plan for young people to have children.
Maybe we older folks should be a little more restrained in assessing the shortcomings of our youth. They will have to work hard to screw things up worse than we have. It doesn't seem to bother us that we are dropping a $16 trillion debt on their shoulders.
How it is viewed
Insist on doing things your way Young - Spoiled brat Old - A perfectionist
Chases girls Young - Sowing wild oats Old - Dirty old man
Demand your rights Young - Pushy kid Old - Self assertive
Only interested in one thing Young - Underachiever Old - Specialist
Act like everyone else Young - One of the crowd Old - Conformist
Read comic books Young - Tasteless illiterate Old - Nostalgia buff
Make dumb mistakes Young - Irresponsible Old - Just being human
Criticizing others Young- Smart-Alec Old - Telling it like it is
Lie, cheat, steal Young - Incorrigible delinquent Old- Aggressive business man?
Roy Shaver writes a weekly column for the Daily News.