Do you feel that advice from older people carries special weight because of their greater experience?
I’m gonna say no. I think there are a lot of situations that can come up in our lives that someone somewhere has to have been through before. But just because they’ve been through something similar doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best advice for your situation. There’s a good chance that I would just give their advice the same weight that I would give to that of a trusted friend. When I was a bank teller, I got some old folks in the bank that came in spouting off all kinds of stories and advisory statements, and more often than not, they just came off as crazy. And I think I’ve made it clear before that I’m not the most patient person in the world. Listening to an older person definitely requires a patience that I don’t always have readily available. I feel bad about that, but it’s just the way that I am.
Would you take the advice of the elderly over the advice of someone in your own generation?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.