Sunday, March 09, 2014

Age and Youth Debate . . .

Old Man and Young Man

Recently over at the Marmot's Hole blog, a genial fellow who calls himself "Hoju-Saram" (Australian person) posted a comment about his callow youth:
Back when I was stupid, I wandered out of the South Central bus terminal, determined to make the most of my 8-hour layover by walking to downtown LA. I got about 100 yards towards Compton when I started getting circled by gang-bangers.
In case you were wondering, he survived, which allowed me to respond:
I used to be young and stupid like that, too, but I'm no longer young.
Which garnered a puzzling response from a fellow going by the moniker "Super H Mart JW":
Wrong! It's all downhill after you're 40, didn't u get the memo?
"Eh?" I wondered:
Wrong about no longer being young? But I'm over 40!
Which got this reply:
About being young and stupid!
To which, I provided the only possible, truest answer:
The older I get, the stupider I was when young.
Which brought the exchange to an end in which both youth and age each thought to have bested the other . . .



At 3:42 AM, Blogger bibnida said...

Youth calls to age across the tired years:
'What have you found,' he cries, 'What have you sought?'
'What have you found," age answers through his tears,
'What have you sought.'

At 4:13 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks for the reminder of the original Dylan, but check the original lines.

I've found that I've ever been a bit stupid . . . and am smarter only in recognizing that fact.

Jeffery Hodges

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