"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." -- George Orwell
Little has changed in human nature in the course of history. What Orwell observed was also observed by the ancients and that wisdom comes to us through history.
When we presume that the Pyramids or Stonehenge was built by an extraterrestrial race, we presume that the ancients were less intelligent, or no more so, than we are today.
When we assume that the young lack wisdom, which they usually do, we forget the advantage that a novel approach possesses.
The problem with youth is that we only know what we learn and in the absence of experience, we only know what we are taught.
Ultimately, we must all matriculate to the school of hard knocks from which there is no graduation.
There are those who believe that human nature can be changed by teaching lies, however, just the opposite is true. We can transcend human nature only by yielding to truth.
[edit on 2006/8/15 by GradyPhilpott]