Just took the dog for a walk and the walk always seems to get the brainstem firing and I realized I had forgotten a few points about why the dominant youth culture is a good thing.
1. One of the great things about youth is the questioning of the status quo. This is something that should not be part of the “follies of youth”. The “someday you’ll understand its not that easy” while true can also function as an avoideance of action. New ideas are the provinces of all the ages. They will be judged on their merits more than their origin.
2. There seems to be more interactiom among the generations than ever before. People are no longer uncool just because they are old.
3. It helps reduce the deification of the old. I think the wise old man cliche came from the same impulse that tried to maintain old power structures. There are wise old folks but odds are they were wise young folks. Show me a young idiot and I will bet money that from that seen will grow an old idiot. People might smooth some rough spots but overall the son is the father of the man.
4. Could it be that the youth culture is the first step toward an all inclusive culture tilted not toward the young or the old?