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  • They imagine that because you're old you have experienced a lot and believe that wisdom comes with experience
  • Dunno! :-/ Lol.....
  • The only thing it means for sure is that you're a survivor.
  • when you are older, you will understand.
  • They confuse the number of days lived with the number of lessons learned.
  • The thought to me seems to partially be birthed by the thought that the more years you have, the more things you have seen/been through. While that has allowed the older to know more of life's twists and the general obstacles courses we tackle day to day, I personally disagree that just because of those, the older are filled with more wisdom. I think our minds and thoughts are forever being shaped, and whatever your age is, doesn't determine your state of mind. Shabby answer, but good question.
  • Because that's the way to bet. If you're younger, you have lived less and have encountered fewer of life's speed bumps along the way. You haven't failed or succeeded as much and you have no idea what the long term is because your adult life just started. All of this stuff adds up. Now I've seen immaturity in people in their 40's, 50's and beyond, but not as much of it and many times they have mellowed a lot. I've also seen maturity in younger people in their early 20's, but not as many of them.
  • You gain wisdom by experience, but only if you learn from your experiences and mistakes. A mind is like an umbrella - most useful when it's open.
  • it means you should have learned from your mistakes as you age. This is not always so...+ 5
  • By percentage, those who have gained experience with their years tend to have learned lessons which guide them for the rest of their lives. Not all older people are wise. Not all younger people aren't wise. I know some people who are older and are dumb as a box of rocks. I know some young people who are stunningly smart. Stereotyping is not necessarily in the best interest of anyone.
  • The inevitability of aging does not confer wisdom. Accumulation of knowledge and lessons-learned does. Old people who are NOT wise just want special treatment.
  • Simply because older people normally have more experience. It's learning from these experiences that will make you wiser. It's that age old saying, "Been there done that."
  • While it is true that wisdom can be found at any age, it is simply more likely that a person who has been around longer will actually have learned their lessons better. Like, I have learned that your and you're are two different words, and I even know which one to use in your sentence (hint, you didn't get it right).
  • because it's true
  • Because older people have had more time to gain experience. As you know, there are exceptions to the rule. There are foolish old people out there, too.
  • I guess it's just a common thing to think. Although I find sometimes that as I get older, some younger people think I'm not so smart ... I think some people equate aging with losing your "marbles"! That's kind of sad to me.
  • If you pick up the latest Discover magazine there is an article in there that explains how with age and wisdom certain activities in the brain can be picked out on scans that are not present in younger peoples.
  • It can go both ways. Those who are wiser have learned from their mistakes and are happy people. Those who are not wiser failed to learn from their mistakes and are miserable and sometimes homeless.
  • Because it is generally true.
  • because 99% of the time its true ... I am a hell of a lot wiser now in my mid 50's than I was in my teens
  • well its because your older so youve lived longer so you probably know more than the people that are younger than you
  • Because it's usually true. Not always but usually, older people think with less emotion and from a bigger pool of life experiences. But stupid is stupid at any age.
  • Just cuz some people dont wanna say that a kid is alittle wiser than themselves. It doesnt matter "what youve gone through"...or "what youve seen"...but it matters on 'what you learned'... Theres are some teenage kids out there that know more about life than some 50 years olds still tryin to figure out who they are.
  • because over time you learn so much ..seeing and being through alot ..so for ex. you lived through this war. so wen your grandkids read about this time you can tell em about it..and say i was a live during that war.
  • Just a misconception that has been around for a long time.
  • Intelligence is what you learn from other people. Wisdom is what you learn on your own, from living life. If you learn from your mistakes, you should be wiser.
  • Nah, after i got my wisdom teeth out it was all down hill after that..lol
  • Not necessarily but people think that the miles you have traveled in your life would have shown you the truth of life. (I am 78).
  • I'm 71. A lot of folks call me a wise ass. I don't know why they do it!!!!! Then, again, now that I think about it, they've been callin' me that for decades!!! :-) It's a good question, bringing about a lot of thought-provoking responses. And of course the older/wiser premise doesn't always apply, but often it does. The truly wise old person doesn't go around telling people he/she is. In fact, it may have been wiser of me not to have even have answered this question. LOL Hope you had a good, restful Twilight Knight over there in Scotland. +5
  • Not necessarily that the body age makes a difference whereas wisdom is concerned. Take the case of Buddha or Jesus or Shankaracharya or any other spiritual being.They became wise at very young age.It took me over a million lives to understand that.+
  • When your young you think you know everything but the older I get the more I realize I don't know very much.
  • I don't know. Good question! There is a saying: You spend the first half of your life learning and the second half understanding. More and more people are living longer these days. I wonder why?
  • wisdom some of it come from life experience that why I never ask a priest for marriage advice. knowledge is book smart you can have this and have no common sense like you can explain how to wire a two way light switch but physical can't do it.common sense which is street smart like you don't bring a knife to a gun fight if it looks like rain bring a umbrella. some things you can only learn from experience.like if a plant needs water
  • Older does not mean wiser,but experience mean a WHOLE lot!!*+++++*

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