Philosophical Musings

April 14, 2006

The End of Youth

Filed under: capitalism,economy,society,youth — Elad Kehat @ 7:42 am

It is not by accident that our capitalist society worships youth, for it is only youth that can maintain such a society. The naïve of youth, and its irrational belief that it will surmount impossible odds and come out on top, are necessary in order to justify a society where the winner takes it all.

The rash, the spending spree, the rising debt, the seeming distance of tomorrow that fools the gullible into believing that it will solve all, these are all signs of young spirit.

The 21st century brings with it a shift in balance, from a young society, in both spirit and corpus, to a society where the old are a majority. Likewise, it must bring with it a change in spirit, a shift in perception towards the mature, wiser skepticism of the experienced. Shall we observe then a shift towards a society that favors the long term?



  1. Our society used to make goods that would truly last for years…dude, my father still even has the wooden furniture of his grandparents, and uses them daily as his own. Nowadays the companies, it appears, wants to make cheap stuff so it breaks easily and forces us to buy again, or they make products not-backward compatible (like software, the most notorious is Microsoft). Down with corporate capitalism!! Long live mom-and-pop shops!!

    Comment by Daij — October 28, 2006 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  2. Daij –
    You should keep in mind that there’s also a good thing about cheap stuff that breaks: you can easily replace it with some new cheap stuff.
    Since everything changes so fast, especially technology products, that DVD you bought a couple of years ago, that can’t read DivX, is old anyway. If it breaks, so be it – replace it for a new $50 DVD that has some better features. Would it be better if you spent thousands on something more robust that you’d want to replace in a couple of years anyway?

    Comment by philobuster — October 29, 2006 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  3. Hmmm…never thought of it that way. 😛

    Comment by Daij — October 30, 2006 @ 6:08 am | Reply

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