Why The Wisdom Of Age May Rightfully Counsel The Ambition Of Youth
The equation of youth and age still plays its part, as it always has in the past. To youth looking forward, life seems abundantly long for limitless achievement. To age looking back, the life we know seems all too short for the realization of things hoped for, for the accomplishment of things desired. And that is why the wisdom of age may rightfully counsel the ambition of youth. No one knows better than they who are nearing the end of the journey how precious are the moments that pass; how utterly lost are the wasted hours, how relentlessly beyond recall are those things which we sometimes do, which, being looked back upon, are a source of regret.
Living Lives In And Out Of Season
The relentless passing of the seasons finds men quickly growing older. While age holds no remorse for those who have lived their lives in season, many of the disappointed men we see around us are they who have lived unseansoable lives. They have let spring pass by without using the season for its intended purpose, and then, realizing too late the error of neglect, they have tried to do spring’s work in summer, and summer’s work in autumn, and winter has found them with no harvest. By youth, may it be remembered that there are none so hopelessly handicapped as they who have let pass by the time of preparation, and who go forth to live their lives out of season.
The Realization That The World Is No Longer Waiting For You To Prepare
May we say a word to youth? In every life there comes an awakening, and with it the fading of many dreams. There comes a day when we realize that the world is no longer waiting for us to prepare for life. It is waiting for us to live it–to face its realities, to solve its problems, to improve its conditions, and to do for the next generation what has been done for us. So comes the awakening that forces us to face realities, and most happy is he who faces them with full purpose. The job is not easy! Who but a weakling would wish that it were? The problems have not all been solved! Who but a dullard would want them to be? The future is unpredictable! Read your histories! When wasn’t it? The world is so greatly changing! Be thankful for that, so long as principles and ideals and ultimate destination do not change. And so we envy rather than pity youth, for theirs is the future and all that belongs thereto.
Nobody Has Ever Brought Forth A Substitute For A Good Home
But you moderns–with all your creative ingenuity–have never brought forth a substitute for a good home or a virtuous mother. So long as children are taught truth and honor and reverence by the family fireside, this world we know and love, despite its weaknesses, is safe. But take from us the integrity of home and none there is who would care to say toward what end our ways would lead.