“Is it true that ‘wisdom’ only comes with age, which means that as a 30-year old, I am doomed to repeat most of the mistakes of those before me?”

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! 

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