Much of youth is definitely wasted on the young, and this is because the young as a rule are not aware enough of what it means to be old.
They are not burdened by the sense of mortality that growing old brings. And that is also why they do not seem to be able to make the most of their youthful abilities – at least, not until it starts getting a little too late.
Given how speedy changes in lifestyle, culture and especially technology today are quickly shrinking the functional age span of a generation, it is paradoxical indeed that the young today tend to act young (read: “happily free of responsibilities”) till their late 30s if not their 40s and beyond.
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