Ah,Youthful Rebellion! Ah, Elderly Curmudgeoning! Both are Glorious

After their first decade young people seem enter a phase of rebellion, which seems to be naturally built into us so we can more easily fly the nest, and also because it helps social evolution. The skepticism of the teen or young adult leads to innovation and some of it is good, which in turn leads to a sociobiological benefit, advancing the chances of species survival. When we consider the innovations of youth, that last bit, the benefit, may be hard to believe. But it’s to be taken in context of social evolution, which like biological evolution sheds many failed experiments… Some mutation is good, much just falls by the wayside. Social evolution (and art) then benefits from the rebellion and innovation of the young, and that innovation benefits from the critique and advice of curmudgeonly seniors.

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