In the America of the past, old people probably envied the young, and for good reasons. Look at the advantages of the young:
- More years to live.
- Likely to have a higher standard of living.
- Healthy and good looking.
As a post-World War II baby boomer, my generation might be the first generation of Americans not to envy the young.
But as I travel around southwestern Utah, another angle pops up: the young simply don't know what they have lost. Just look at this place! The hectic traffic, the price of housing, the difficulty of parking, the crowdedness of recreation on public lands, and fees and rules on everything. I actually remember when it wasn't like that!
I am not saying the young should slash their wrists. There are still plenty of chances to enjoy a good life, after making the right decisions. But one more wonderful place is no longer wonderful. I was so lucky to experience it while it was still good.
As for the young, they should be grateful they have no real basis of comparison. That is their biggest advantage.