Wisdom in the young is not appreciated by the aging, especially when cornered.
Here’s an awful example:
See, I worked with a man years ago that smoked cigarettes.
He was somewhere near 50, and I was 19, just keeping my parents appeased with a summer job.
Some comment came up about how expensive a pack of smokes was and I piped off and said:
“Staring at 18, at a pack per day, if you invested the money at 6% – instead of smoked it – you would have $1 million.”
Of course, my comment was not appreciated at all.
He didn’t want to hear about something he should have done 30 years ago. I think he was just glad to have a job and be at work.
Maybe a 19-year-old economics major is just itching to show people how much they know about the opportunity cost of compound interest.
Maybe I was just being a jerk.
Wisdom in the young is as unattractive as frivolity in the eldery.
-Nassim Taleb, The Bed Of Procrustes