Show of HandsShow of Hands

Show Of Hands November 1st, 2014 12:59am

Do old people generally have more wisdom than young people?

76 Liked

Comments: Add Comment

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/31/14 6:01 pm

Only more experience. Wisdom also requires good judgment, and many people never acquire that.

Reply
sojourner present
10/31/14 6:05 pm

Generally, I said yes. Experience helps in attaining wisdom, so generally yes. But at an individual level there is no guarantee.

Reply
man1234
10/31/14 6:13 pm

"A smart person learns from their mistakes; a wise person learns from the mistakes of others."

Reply
Kay41 the Midwest
10/31/14 7:43 pm

Yes, but wisdom doesn't always equal intelligence or common sense.

Reply
asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/31/14 7:55 pm

The wisdom of youth is something very real, one cannot achieve true wisdom of age if you do not acknowledge the wisdom of the young. A child being new, not tainted by the popularized ideas of our adult human game, has a greater sense of what we are

Reply
BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/01/14 2:31 pm

Wisdom doesnt equal knowledge.

I spoke to one old guy who was really angry with his generation for "messing it up" for us young folks. He said old people are still trying to hold onto power when they shouldnt. "It's called retirement for a reason."

Reply
spiritsprite Pa.
10/31/14 7:23 pm

In my 70's and wise enough not to get in the discussion...????????????

Reply
adam2890 Denver
11/01/14 3:12 am

Old people are targeted by sales people and telemarketers because they can be swindled easily. Just saying

Reply
jenkp223 Being a mommy
10/31/14 8:33 pm

Life experience doesn't necessarily equal wisdom.

Reply
KittySun Alabama
11/01/14 6:05 am

Yes, but age only brings wisdom if you're able and willing to learn from your experiences. Smart people turn wise, and idiots stay idiots.

Reply
jamichl Seattle
11/01/14 1:56 pm

No ... Just more experience and opinions. wisdom is something else all together. Sometimes it seems young children are the wisest.

Reply
Joshua77 Jesus is Lord
10/31/14 6:20 pm

YES!

Wisdom comes with age.

Reply
bMyComrade Stumptown
10/31/14 11:25 pm

Spend a day listening to the discussion the students have in my history classes and you'd be amazed. They have amazing insights and espouse far more wisdom than many older folks I know.

Reply
TreeHugs Oregon
10/31/14 11:35 pm

When I think of wisdom, it doesn't mean knowing the latest technology.

Reply
chinito Florida
10/31/14 6:42 pm

Every time I grow I look at how I was in the past and I realize that I was stupid and inexperienced. I got to a point in my life where I know that in the future I will think the same about how I am right now.

Reply
hrankta
11/01/14 6:07 am

Just have to be careful about listening to their career advice. They lived in a very different world, job-wise.

Reply
dudley northern Virginia woods
10/31/14 8:23 pm

Oh my, yes. Most young whippersnappers are fools. But not the SOH people. You're cool.

Reply
spiritsprite Pa.
10/31/14 7:27 pm

In my 70's, playing on my iPad Air, sitting beside my nvidia card loaded Dell xps for my gaming ...what's that about not judging the worn book by its cover?

Reply
galvduck Galveston Island
10/31/14 7:40 pm

The younger SOH voters will eventually learn that, for the most part, the older generation knew what they were talking about all along. Thus, the age bias...,

Reply
TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/31/14 6:25 pm

You betcha, sonny! We old folks have already made and recovered from all the mistakes you young'uns encounter in your daily lives. It wouldn't hurt you kids to seek out our wisdom so you don't hafta earn yours th' hard way! ;-)

Reply
MrMilkdud
10/31/14 7:43 pm

Like most things, wisdom is something you can only get by putting the time in.

Reply
chinito Florida
10/31/14 6:39 pm

Yes. Wisdom comes with experience. We might have new toys and methods of communication, but the human mind remains the same.

Reply
Rob Be Safe Be Smart
10/31/14 11:38 pm

Maybe not necessarily knowledge, but wisdom I would say yes.

Reply
bnnt Los Angeles
10/31/14 9:14 pm

I've learned a lot from folks older than me. Life experiences are valuable.

Reply
bethanyq Ess Eff
11/01/14 1:02 am

Technological aptitude is a *skill*, not wisdom.

Reply
wetheslaves Live each moment fully
11/01/14 10:40 am

Generally. There are always stupid fools of all ages and strata of life.

Reply
elcondor Rural Southern Indiana
11/02/14 7:16 am

Been there; done that...

Reply
JennaAwesome Book Lover
11/02/14 4:41 pm

No it's probably about the same amount. The difference is, people in general are more willing to listen to the elders vs the youngers. Which is a shame because we have a lot to say.

Reply
USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
11/01/14 7:37 am

Oldsters wisdom comes with age + other things. :-0

Reply
MericaRules
11/01/14 3:23 am

Wisdom and street smarts aren't really the same.

Reply
turkey187
11/02/14 12:16 am

When I'm being a smartass to my Dad, his common response is "Old age and treachery overcomes youth and skill."

Reply
RepMorris Pennsylvania
10/31/14 8:40 pm

Depends on what. But generally,
Absolutely yes. Easily, because they've already been there and done it for everything us young people are or will go through.

Reply
USA1st
10/31/14 10:23 pm

Do bears poop in the woods?

Reply
Liberty 4,032,064
10/31/14 6:25 pm

Generally, yes; though not guaranteed.

Reply
cluney
11/01/14 7:57 am

Do flies buzz around a cows butt?

Reply
FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/31/14 11:31 pm

They have a different flavor of wisdom.

Reply
burchell33
10/31/14 11:32 pm

It depends on the situation. Now there are so many new technological advances that they have no idea about

Reply
lmurder MDK
11/01/14 7:58 am

God no. The young are know it alls. So would you rather have the young sherpa with new gear taking you up the mountain or the old Sherpa with his aging gear? Old sherpa wins every time with me. Unless the kid was born on top of the mountain...

Reply
Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/31/14 6:49 pm

More time = more screw ups = more wisdom. No magic.

Reply
SonofMetal Heavy Metal
11/01/14 8:09 am

Not necessarily. I know some pretty ignorant old people. And as the generations go on the deeper into the age of information we go. A lot of potential for knowledge to come earlier

Reply
StoneRoots
11/01/14 7:19 am

Definitely. An elderly person may not be as book smart as young kids in school but when it comes to advice and wisdom of life they are a great source.

Reply
l1f2
11/01/14 5:56 am

Just like in dungeons and dragons though your wisdom stat can be very high, but if your intelligence is still low you can be dumb as a rock.

Reply
ziplock
10/31/14 7:20 pm

Maybe not
when it comes to
Wifi connectivity.

Reply
spiritsprite Pa.
10/31/14 7:28 pm

Oops, I just did! Heehee

Reply
TheLoveThief Enjoy The Silence
10/31/14 10:40 pm

They may have seen it but they have not experienced it. If a 15 year old kid wants to give me lessons in love and life and general I wouldn't take him serious. I'm not saying I wouldn't listen but a certain amount of life experiences are needed for

Reply
political Georgia
10/31/14 6:20 pm

Yes! More life experience.

Reply
cowboy Doors of Perception
11/01/14 4:44 am

More life experience, yes.

Reply
truenuff
10/31/14 6:32 pm

Wisdom, youth and wealth. It's possible to have two at once... But never all three.

Reply
asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
11/01/14 4:52 am

This is what I meant to say (to both of you and to all of you) : youtu.be/zjWD0JU92lw

Reply