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Younger people laugh at us, just like we laugh at them – at least in general terms. They think we are too conservative, or that we just overthink. And that’s how they would put it, in simple terms.

Too often, they talk and tell but they won’t say a thing that has deep meaning (as in honest) until they know you’re ready to listen, even just for the sake of it. Of course, some are ignorant – just like some of us – and some are informed, aware, and intelligent, but they (generally) tend to think we know better. This is not necessarily true.

Take enough time to listen to younger people (Rwandans, if I may) and they will honestly tell you what they think. It doesn’t even take long. Plus, they’re not as dumb as you think they are.

— Gilbert Rwabigwi (@Rwabigwi) August 20, 2018

There is maturity that comes with age, one would agree, but it is not everything there is in order to be a better person. Above all, growth requires continuous learning. Younger people grow to know this. So, they won’t believe everything the news or the speaker on a podium says. But they are more curious, more modest, and forward-looking.

If you spend hours and hours listening to younger people, looking beyond the little mistakes or imperfections, and the seemingly weird behaviours, you learn these things. And if you don’t, chances are that you end up thinking they are dumb. Eventually, you think the world is getting worse simply because younger generations don’t see things the way you do. Yet, if you think about it, nothing suggests their views are wrong.

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