"Youth & Age - Zeal & Wisdom"

"Youth & Age - Zeal & Wisdom"
by P.T. Choudary, Chairman,
Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz)
  • “In youth we learn : in age we understand” - Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach.
  • “Life can be a process of Growing or of Ageing… the choice is ours! Ageing is adding years to our Life. Growing is adding Life to our years!” - Anon.
  • "Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." – Karen Kaiser Clark.
  • “No wise man ever wished to be young” - Jonathan Swift.
  • “Would I wish to be “young” again? No, for I have too much, to wish to lose it. I am a far more valuable person today than I was 50 years ago, or 40 years ago, or 30, 20 or even 10. I have learnt much since I was 70. I believe I can honestly say that I have learnt more in the last 10 years, than I have learnt in any previous decade.” - Pearl S. Buck on her 80th birthday.
  • “You can be young only once. But you can always be immature” - Dave Barry.
  • “You are young, my son, and, as the years go by time will change and even reverse many of your opinions. Refrain therefore a while from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.” - Plato.
  • “I am not young enough to know everything” - Oscar Wilde.

Key Concepts:

  • Age, usually measured in Chronological terms (years), can also be measured in Biological terms (fitness / health) or in Cognitive terms (mental acquity).
  • Wisdom accrues out of Knowledge, Experience and Maturity. Knowledge from learning. Experience from mistakes made while doing. Maturity from empathy and control of emotions and desires.
  • As the average life span increases and more avenues for learning are available, more people have more opportunities to attain to greater wisdom as their years go by.

Key Metrics:

  • Average life span of individuals for most of human history was barely over 30 years. Most died very young, below 15 years, and only a handful lived to 50 years and even less to 60. Three score & ten (70 years) was very rare. Today the average life span in most countries is over 60 years and many live into their 90’s and even 100’s. The confirmed longest lived, was a lady who lived to over 122 years and 7 months.

Recently a 40 odd years old ‘leader’ demanded that as more than 80% of the Country’s population was below 45 years of age, it was only fit that at least 80% of political leaders, at the top, be from those below 45 years.

Such a demand then begs the question, that as 60% of the population was below 30 years wouldn’t it be equally just to reserve 60% of the posts for those below 30? Also why stop there, 35% of the population is below 15 and hence there may be equity in reserving 35% of the positions for those below 15! Where does one draw


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Good Afternoon Sir, I went through your post. As we are today’s youth our focus should be on becoming better citizen tomorrow rather than assuming best ourselves in this initial stage only. I really liked it. Can you please add few points on what exactly do the youth today should follow to be a better citizen tomorrow? Will appreciate your immediate response.

Dear Sruthi, It was indeed a pleasure to interact with you and a few other ‘Nalandans’ during my recent visit to your institution. As regards your query about what Youth should aim to follow to be better citizens. I call your attention to the attachment to the article ‘Youth & Age’ in this site. With Best wishes P.T. Choudhary

hello sir, we met in the library.. :) you must have noticed by now that as soon as we finished speaking, Tania and I were heading up to the computers to check this site, a pleasurable experience indeed. I just wanted to let you know that; Today’s youth, has a lot of potential. All the politicians of this era are emulating each other, getting corrupted and in fact, after the 2G scam, all the exteriors have been stripped, revealing their dark and morbid interiors, that they would go so low to attain meager sums of money. No young leader has shown such levels of corruption, though there are a few cases of it (i wont disagree) its not on such a large scale. so in my opinion, the youth just needs a little trust, and our world will turn itself around :) I don’t mean to be prejudiced, yet, I believe that age is not a factor, to be taken to consideration whilst choosing leaders.

Dear Karan, As regards ‘Youth& Age’, corruption is not a characteristic of Age, though ofcourse there will be more opportunities for corruption as time passes. I agree that age is not a factor to be taken into consideration whilst choosing Leaders, but experience & maturity are essential, and I would like to know how one can get these without growing old in the process. See the essay on “bringing our money back from foreign Banks” to better understand the difference between corruption,a moral & ethical issue, and illegal, a purely man made issue. I would also request you to re-read the essay on “Age& Youth” after that.-Looking forward to your comments on these and the other essays, such as on ‘Stone Pelting’, ‘Austerity’, ‘Education’ etc…Best Wishes… P.T.

Sir, Good evening! Thanks for such a nice article that I have read. I feel that For country like India, combination of dynamic youth & judgmental experienced will do. Every Indian child is raised teaching “respect your elders” at home. With guardianship of seniors youth will become more powerful & real heroes for creating a better society faster than knowledged working alone. Regards.

This is first article I have read. Very interesting topic..Admire your versatility in writing and quoting from various sources. Well written article. I have an observation.. Anna Hazare, in spite of his age, has shown enthusiasm of an Young person in taking up the cause of removing corruption. Similarly some young leaders have shown wisdom beyond their age.. ( Scindia junior, Sachin Pilot).. At the same time Rahul is identified as a Youth Congress Leader.. How do we differentiate.. With best wishes and regards raghu

Hi! Raghu, Thanks for your comments.As regards Anna Hazare & the young who are wiser than their age – that is exactly what I’m saying. Age is not the only criterion of wisdom, as some grow older but do not grow wiser, but even those that do keep growing wiser as they too age. I look forward to your comments on the other articles too.Best Wishes…P.T.

Thanks Radhakrishna Garu, Do read the other articles too. Best Wishes.. P.T.

Your Message to youth is short and interesting. So I am publishing your extract in our annual magazine of ideanexus.com .I hope you will permit me. I will post you a hard copy after it is published

Tuhin Today’s problem with youth is DRUNK AND RASH DRIVING. Many are loosing life and causing worry to their beloved.You may write about this point. I am planning to Put in web site idatanexus.com. and get Pledge from the youth from all over the world. “YOUTH THINK& TAKE OATH. PROMISE NOT TO resort DRUNK & DRIVE. LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE THAN THRILL” I WOULD LIKE TO LINK OUR SITE IDEAZ4INDIA.COM after your article on youth.


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