posted on Oct, 21 2010 @ 06:41 PM
Hello nicolee123rd. I think it's a wonderful thing that you are seeking at such an early age!
However, I am 26 and I more enjoy threads, posts, and replies from people older than me. Nothing against you personally! In my experience, most teens
and young adults think they know it all. They become a 2 book scholar and their egos explode! They become an "expert" in mere weeks or a few short
months. Jesus didn't start preaching till his 30's, Muhammad started in his 40's! Childhood, teen years, 20's-30's is about gathering information
and experience. It takes years of cultivating life's earlier information and experience to truly gain wisdom and insight.
I tend to stay away from teens and people my age in regards to "serious" topics. I truly enjoy the wisdom, understanding, insight, and patience of
my elders, versus the egotistical, overly opinionated, and impulsive mentality of today's youth.
Please, do not take offense, because this is not directed at you personally. I hope you gain all that you seek from ATS. I just think it would drive
me away if the boards got flooded with confused teens that think they know it all.
While we're on the subject, my grandmother used to say, "Keep your mouth shut when two grownups are talking." My father used to tell me, "Don't
talk back to people older than you." And the ethnic community that I was raised in stressed, "Respect your elders." These understandings seem to be
missing from today's youth.
Sure, I want to do my part to help youngsters learn and become good people, but to be honest, the "American Teen" syndrome of talking back, being
disrespectful, and "knowing it all" has left me with a prejudice.