‘Youth is wasted on the young.’
Well, duh. Of course it is. It goes against the laws of physics to give youth to the elderly, who apparently deserve it.
Why do we have this saying? What’s the actual message, because it isn’t that we should rewrite the laws of space-time.
It really means
‘Wisdom is wasted on the old.’
The old can’t do anything, but they have a stockpile of wisdom. Or at least, the old old people had wisdom. Maybe not so much the new old people. Which is why the young can’t even get a scrap of wisdom unless something shocks them into wakefulness. Unless they open up a PDF of a dusty book and perhaps try to find wisdom on their own. (How frightening!) Their parents sure didn’t share any with them, and that’s probably just because their parents assumed that wisdom is shared by osmosis.
It has to be taught.
We have no redistributive system for wisdom.
This is our task.