WISDOM VERSUS TECHNOLOGY

May 19, 2012 in Musings

I’m privileged and fortunate. Though entering the ranks of the senior citizens, young people are still willing to talk to me and even listen to my ramblings and babblings. I suspect this has something to do with the fact that I’m interested in how they see the world and what they have to say about it; something that I think is sorely lacking within the senior community these days.

I’m convinced that technology widens the gap between the young and the old and the faster technology changes, the faster this gap widens. Along with this widening comes a diminishment of relatedness and commonality as well. The old have little sympathy for the woes of the young and the young see their elders as nothing more than a bunch of old farts.

I’m torn. On the one hand I find this problematic. There seems to be a power in the symbiotic relationship between the wisdom of age and the raw energy of youth when they forge a powerful working relationship. On the other, maybe there is a point at which there is nothing in the form of wisdom that age has to offer a technologically driven society.

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