Youth are pure Older people are manipulating
Youth are passionate Older people are calculating
Youth are trusting Older people are suspecting
Youth are rule-breaking Older people are slaves to senseless rules and customs
Youth are independent thinking Older people think in pithy sayings and loyally obey cliché
Youth are wild Older people are boring
Youth go by what feels right Older people go by what sounds right
Youth create Older people dissect (Look, I’m doing it now)
Youth live Older people coast
Youth take seriously what we say Older people take seriously what we don’t say
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“Authoritarian leaders exploit the youth,
“Look down on them as inferior; they oppress their juniors.
“But true leaders love and nurture the youth;
“They constantly strive to help their juniors grow and develop
“Into people more able, more accomplished than themselves.”1
Age is not a number.
Youth are pure. Therefore the pure are young.
How old are you?
By thinking in all those ways in the right hand column,
By believing life is limited,
By feeling helpless,
By feeling superior,
By being miserable,
That’s—in all those ways—
How you are old.
How young are you?
“The Eternal Triumph of Mentor and Disciple”, SGI Pres .Daisaku Ikeda