Thursday, January 8, 2015

Let Us Not Forget Icarus

It is amazing what someone with 32 years solid work experience, a BA from an excellent college, and a fairly good reputation is not qualified for. The more I look, the more I realize I am too "short" (ie too old to be physically fit), too "qualified" (ie old), not experienced enough (ie not young enough to know what I am talking about), or over "qualified" (ie the assumption being I am too old to learn). 

So if I were younger, less experienced, and a little less astute finding a job would be easier? A sad thought indeed. Of course I realize those reviewing the resumes are also in their mid-20's, think anyone over 28 is an idiot, and that life itself did not really start evolving until the world wide web came into being and IM became the communication vehicle of choice. Oh, and their generation is the "greatest" generation ever and if one questions them, just ask them why.

Now, I am a firm believer that this younger generation understands that the world is changing quickly and that we all need to move with it. And, I agree if we do not keep up, we will be lost. There is little doubt in my mind that these minds are so open and have brought things to the table others before only dared to imagine, mainly because they have little fear. But, there is an arrogance there that amazes me. 

Does it dawn on them that maybe there are others, not in their generation who have some common sense, who also can think on that cosmic plane? Perhaps age and experience does have something to bring to the table when it brings with it an ability to accept new ideas and youth. There are the aged who embrace the youth, who appreciate the ideas their open and uncluttered minds have brought forth. It is a pity that those open and uncluttered minds seem to close when it comes to considering that there are those, maybe not from their generation, with more to offer. 

Arrogance can be the downfall of youth. Let us remember Icarus, the son of Daedalus who not wanting to listen to the sage wisdom of his father, flew too close to the sun. When the heat of the sun melted the wax, the feathers on his wings loosened and fell off, causing Icarus to fall to his death. 

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