No! There is absolutely no reason why age should precede wisdom. The fact that older people seem to be ‘wiser’ only implies that as a species, we are slow learners, and that our haphazard way of conducting life makes us repeat well-recited mistakes over and over again. The pain emanating from our failures eventually leaves us with a healthy fear of recurrence. And once this fear finds its way into principled preventative action, we appear to be wise!
I think a good starting point is to, for once, not contaminate reason with emotion, notwithstanding the emotive nature of the issue. To achieve this, I am going to break down my response in five typical ‘perceptions’ and try to argue against them by posing five corresponding ‘realities’.
Unfortunately, this is true for people who stroll through life unconsciously. They only change direction when they hit a wall.
If we want to though, we are free to bleed less and learn much more from others’ pain and wisdom. It’s a much cheaper way of progress, tapping into lessons already learned by someone else.