Is there 'Wisdom of age'?

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Knowledge can be passed down the generations in a philosophical way by utilizing stories, oral histories, literature, and other works of art with a focus on life lessons such as morality, ethics, and self-reflection. This is done by constructing narratives and dialogues that incorporate the individual, communal, and shared experiences of past, present, and future generations.

These narratives allow the audience to synthesize and reflect on the knowledge that has been passed down to them through the context of the present world. This method is aimed at helping individuals to make wise, informed decisions that are best for them and their worldview. It also helps to develop strength in critical thinking as problems can be viewed from multiple perspectives.

It is interesting to note that Millennials seem to be taking their cues from their parents, but also from the younger generation, to a greater extent than previous generations, in terms of these narratives and values.

So it does not necessarily have to be due to age and the corresponding life experience if one is looking for general advice for one's own life decisions. This may well be due to the fact that today's technological and cultural development has accelerated to such an extent that it is better to internalize not only the wisdom that has proven itself through age, but also that which has only recently emerged.

However, wisdom of age exists, and it does make sense to follow advice of the elderly as they have likely experienced the same scenarios in the past and can share their insight in order to help guide and advise. While it may not always be applicable depending on the situation, it still offers valuable perspective which can be beneficial to take into consideration.

The question to be weighed in this regard would be whether the scenarios - for example, the labor market - can actually be reciprocated across generations. One could say that much has changed, even between just two generations, but that some things also remain the same: after all, there are still no factories for philosophers. On the other hand, today we speak of so-called "think tanks" and which philosopher would not like to work in a tank?

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