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Youth is wasted on the Young Debate

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YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG PERSUASIVE SPEECH: NEGATIVE 'Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.' (Stanislaw Lec) Is youth really wasted on the young - or is this proverb inspired by a desperation to be young again? Heard from all around the world, this short, blunt statement is aimed not just to criticize but also to express regret, sorrow and disappointment. It is muttered from the street corners as one more youth is seen with that distant look in their eyes, head bent, playing on the latest gadget. They walk mindlessly to a destination not known to them. Their concentration is unwavering, their eyes rarely blinking. If only they were like this in school! Another person walks past and, seeing the youth, utters the line heard so often now, 'Youth is wasted on the young.' Those critics forget the learning, the experiences and the opportunities they neglected or misused in their youth so that they are living the life they do now. ...read more.

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Without it, childhood would be no more. The young require youth to learn the vital basics needed to sustain a proper adult life. It gives the young resilience so that they may withstand the harsher lessons of life and love. It gives them the chance to take action and grasp opportunities. The older members of society can now recognize the need for youth. They can recognize that youth lets us learn the essentials of life and allow us to apply the knowledge we learn in our youth to live our life. They can understand that youth is merely a way for us to learn the information we need so that we-they-may enjoy the era after youth, the age of wisdom. They can see the freedom and innocence youth brings. They can see that today's youth do not always understand and appreciate it just as, when they were young, they also wasted opportunities. The greatest irony is that when we are young, we cannot wait to grow older but when we are old, we want to be young again. ...read more.

Conclusion

And the majority of the twenty five thought that youth was best spent as a child. Given these statistics, do you think youth is wasted on the young? If eternal youth were given to the older members of society, they would have had a lifetime to ensure they spend it 'correctly'. When given to children, however, it is spent carelessly and through that, we are given the experiences we are to learn from in later years. Youth may seem to be wasted on children and young people, but it gives time to reflect. Youth may seem to be spent badly but that is how it is designed to be spent. Adulthood relies on this. It relies on the knowledge, the understanding gained from youth and its mistakes. Is youth wasted on the young? The answer is - no. Youth is but a way to prepare for one's journey into the era after youth, the age of wisdom. 'Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.' (Stanislaw Lec) Is youth really wasted on the young - or is this proverb inspired by a desperation to be young again? ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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