"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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Hari Sir, Thanks again for your comments.I look forward to the response from ideaatnexus.com..P.T.

Bawagaru, That was a very inspiring write up for youth. The way you had emphasized on persistence and determination is very impressive. Your entire message for the youngsters was excellent. Your advice summarizing on what youth should focus on, to achieve better standards in their social life is very helpful. Suggestion for additional topics: Youth should give importance to their biological age. Youngsters are postponing having children, which is very dangerous in many aspects. Youngsters should have balance between their personal life, goals and ambitions.

Hi! Brinda, Thanks for your comments. Did you read the annexed poems and extracts from the movie songs too? Biological Age will be a confusing and debatable issue in this era of extended youth and so much longer life spans. However I do agree that as they get into their 30s they need to be more aware of the effect of the life style choices they make on their biological functions. I look forward to your comments on the other articles too, especially the ones in the social &miscellaneous sections. Get Veernag & your friends there to read them too… Bawa


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