I once read three interesting sentences:
Any technology that has existed before one is 15 years old is commonplace.
Any technology that is created between one’s 15 and 35 is a feat that will change the future of humans.
Any technology that is created after one is 35 years old is to deceive people.
This is indeed the case.
For people born after the new millennial, internet is no rare thing, like something that has existed all along.
For most post-80s, the birth and popularity of the Internet is an epoch-making historic event.
By contrast, their parents and grandparents might still refuse to use smart phones
This seems to have revealed a brutal fact: as we age, our ability to accept new things has been declining.
This also seems to explain why there are so many natural contradictions between parents and children, and between teachers and students.
They see things from different angles.
Their ability to accept new things varies.
Elder people tend to subconsciously suspect and reject new things since they have accumulated enough knowledge.
This is understandable. After all, in the subconsciousness we all seek stability.
This includes stability in our everyday life and stability in our minds.
When we encounter something that challenges what we have known, we will subconsciously regard it as a threat.
In the past, most people would reach this stable state after the age of 35.
Then they are reluctant to accept and try new things.
They stay in the comfort zone they are familiar with and only believe in their own experience.
They refuse to acknowledge any change.
They are some greasy middle-aged people you will meet at the dinner table.
What's scary is that with the explosion of information, our speed of acquiring new knowledge is increasing rapidly.
The result is that the speed of reaching the stable state is also increasing.
Eventually, we have more and more preconceptions.
Our values, the relationship between men and women, ideology, and the attitude toward work all quickly cease to evolve.
Moreover, we are deprived of the ability to know the truth.
Is your knowledge retarding your progress?
When you think about a problem next time, try to look from the following three aspects:
When I think about this problem, what conditions have I accepted by default?
Why do I believe these conditions must be correct?
What conclusions would we make if we ignored these conditions?
These questions seem difficult and very confusing.
However, aren’t they exactly the meaningful questions?
There is never a map or stable state on the road to progress, and this is why most people get lost.