I can understand a child or teen not having the experience to understand the world, but why do really old crotchety (usually conswervative) farts think they know better than someone who's gone to university and follows current events?
Whenever I have a political conversation with an old guy (usually a guy), they often go on and on about how much wiser they are than young punks.
I talked to a conswervative old fart about the Edward Snowden issue, and he basically says "we don't know how complicated it is ~ a nation must defend itself ~ we don't know the whole story". Yes, moron, we don't know that the NSA is violating the constitution. That's very unclear. We must protect ourselves? Then why not just appoint a dictator and declare martial law, just in case? Nothing can be safer than that, right?
I talk to another conswervative old fart about the role of corruption and how big money has bought the laws. That the banksters openly engaged in fraud and crashed the economy 7 years ago, and admit to doing so by paying fines, but that the reason no regulation to prevent this has taken place is because they bought the government. In fact some regulations were even taken away, which makes about as much sense as throwing gasoline on a fire to put it out. I say we need some serious reform and an amendment to ban legal bribery. But the old bastard starts off about how "communism is not the answer ~ we have the best system we can realistically have". Communism. The satan of politics. So Stalin had a mustache, therefore mustaches resemble communism. Ban mustaches! And whoever doesn't have a mustache can do whatever they want because they are against communism. That's basically the level of nonsense that he's arguing.
Yes. The Old Order is so fucking wise and level-headed that they developed the situation we find ourselves in now. And yet they demand we listen to them? (Yes, yes, we know, it was "that one", that boogeyman scapegoat over there that caused all the problems. Spare me.)
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It is because ignorant people don't know they are ignorant. They get set in their ways and don't feel like they need to take in new information and change their opinion. People also try to invent ways to believe they are superior to others. Since they are older than most people that allows them to convince themselves they must be more knowledgeable than most people.
The scary thing is that even you and I could end up like that one day. The knowledge we have today could be so wrong in the future we end up sounding as dumb as they do. Hopefully we can use their ignorance as a warning to ourselves to keep our minds open to an ever changing world.1
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