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I was discussing the idea that as a person gets older they become more and more aware of the fact that many of the things their parents were telling them or trying to teach them when they were kids become more and more true. Samual Clemens once said;
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
It's my observation that something happens in the brain of a person at the age of 20/21 and then again at around 30 allowing them firstly to see all that their parents were trying to teach them without the element of rebellion, and then again at around thirty because at that point the average person has seen enough to actually have the perspective. Some of the fire goes out in one's belly, allowing for perspective.
One poster in the other thread said that the older they get the more they realized how their parents had made terrible choices and based on that, and the fact that they realize more and more how human they are. I didn't reply in that thread, but it's my contention that this isn't actually inconsistent with my point of view.
Though I consider myself a shining example of this idea, I also see my parents now as more human. In fact, in part due to the fact that I have this perspective now and because I see their humanity and recognize their mistakes, and in part because we've talked about those mistakes do I see this.
I would be interested to know your perspective.
"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be rude without having their skulls split, as a general thing."