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?