Comparing the Young and the Old Essay

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Comparing and Contrasting the Old and the Young

1. There are many similarities as well as differences between the elderly and young adults. The most common factor in both of these groups it seems is the overwhelming ability for being narrow-minded

2. Young adults as well as the elderly both think they know everything

A. If you listen to the elderly many do become wise but many others seem to get stuck in their past
B. On the other hand young adults readily accept changes in their world
C. Thanks to the Internet today’s younger generation knows quite bit more than their grandparents knew at the same age because of this

3. Another evident contrast between the elderly and the youth is their outlook on
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The phrase “Wisdom comes with age” is a very true statement. It is a natural assumption that as we live longer and experience more in life we would become wise to the ways of the world. The funny thing is, this does not always happen. If you listen to the elderly many do become wise but many others seem to get stuck in their past, but yet they think they are wise. They can not seem to see the world changing around them. A firsthand example of this for me is my Grandparents. When we talk about money, specifically the cost of buying a new car they cannot fathom the cost of buying a new car. I remind them of all the safety features that cars now have but they still resist the idea of replacing their 1985 Buick because of the cost associated with a newer and safer car. On the other hand young adults readily accept changes in their world. Now that we are living in the Information Age an enormous amount of information is readily available at our fingertips. Today’s younger generation knows quite bit more than their grandparents knew at the same age because of this. The problem is that too many of us will allow ourselves to get stuck in our youth as well. The extreme of a so-called typical young adult would be one who at 18 thinks they already know everything they need to in life. No one, especially an older person can tell them anything about life

Another evident contrast between the elderly and the…