Experience. Time. Observations.

Experience. Time. Observations. {Trumps “knowledge.”)

When you are (or were) in your 20’s (especially today), you think (or thought) you know (or knew) a lot. And while there is nothing wrong with being confident – it probably pays a lot to understand that you won’t EVER have the real wisdom until you’ve lived life a lot more. Hence my title: Experience. Time. Observations – and why it trumps the “knowledge” young people think they have these days.

40 years ago – it is probably safe to say that “kids” were not as “smart.” At least when it comes to most (ultimately) insignificant “facts.”

Sure, most youngun’s probably had more specialties (i.e., whatever mom or dad suggested should be their life path). Or spent more time focusing (more) on less stuff. Learning things. Fantasizing about their future. Significant hobbies, more time alone (i.e., instead of “chatting” with acquaintances about meaningless crap…)

Today – most internet users “Googgel” stuff to gain knowledge. They quickly accumulate (what they believe are) facts. Most of it may be true. Like many “how to” tips prevalent online, and other scientific or mathematical processes.

They learn via others, with very little real experience, or “personal trial and error,” which we’ve delved upon in the past. It’s harmless on the surface – I guess – but we feel it’s problematic long term.

Same can be said for political or societal issues. “TPTB” has been brilliantly coercing the majority of the population via hundreds of different methods. Mainstream news, entertainment, and so on – to the point where no one can even identify what it means, where it originated, or why this is the way it is. No one cares. They’re just “occupied.”

Simple comparisons like this recent internet meme should open some eyes:

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But something happens with “age.”

I’ve had conversations with “pompous” millennials. And it’s a bit cringe-worthy. The cocky nature of viewing an internet search result is fascinating. “They saw it” somewhere – and that is truth enough for them.

But as you get older (and accumulate very valuable time truly observing the world) something happens.

Some might call it cynicism, others might call it “cautiousness.”

As the layers begin to peel away (provided you’re not still stuck under the spell of “mainstream” anything), you start to see how the world works better.

You might begin to apply the “Cui Bono?” mentality to everything – no matter what glitzy covering is trying to deceive you.

By asking “Well, who benefits from this (insert name here) thing?”

Adopting the “draw the dotted lines” mentality is a good habit to form. To second guess almost everything – regardless of how noble it may sound at first glance.

That is one thing a majority of the millennials (and beyond) cannot do. It’s fundamental. Sure, like any generation – there are exceptions – but far and few between.

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