>>8929535>but I think this is a remnant of a time where age actually equalled some sort of life experience
for nearly 100 years now, the expectations of an individual have gradually been replaced by the majority - being a greyscale image of what was once a heavily pigmented mosaic of the qualities of every individual outlining cultural merits.
detraction persists, but customs remain for quite some time - withering/contorting.
it's become commonplace to get sucked into the depressive trap of: wake up, work 14+ hours, clock out, fulfill more menial obligations, get home, smoke cigarettes and have a beer, glaze over at the screen (or whatever scenario), then sleep for a few hours.
rinse and repeat throughout the rest of the employment years, then get old, and suddenly be held in high regard because they've been alive longer than their successors?
not to say that those who did the bare minimum should be treated like shit (unless they were, wrongly, a parent) - everyone who hasn't lived life as a derelict should be entitled to baseline respect.
however, they shouldn't substitute/supercede an individual's standing when said individual put more into society with their life.
it's like americans trying to tell ireland how to solve their problems when the government began charging for water.
at least in that scenario, no-one would regard some ignorant yokel considering americans pay for water in the first place and they live in two completely different countries with their own unique problems.
this mentality mirrors children with their toys going "mine's better than yours because it's yellow!" even though both are plastic guns but the yellow one came from the dollar store.
it's beyond silly that meaningless qualities are racked in with meaningful ones because of misplaced principles.>i'm older than you, therefore i'm smarter!>i'm american, therefore my opinion on your country's issues is fact!
despite advances in the world, it still clings to "ooh"s an "ahh"s.