How to Enjoy the Wisdom That Comes with Age

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What? Rebooted again? Seriously?

Who exactly thinks they could do it better?

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

This needs to be put into the rerun archive for future use.

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

You know, the nice thing I've found about growing older is just being a lot calmer. It makes getting things done easier.

More in line with your actual point: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" is a quote from Ecclesiastes 1:9. In other words, the idea that there's nothing new under the sun is itself around two thousand years old.

And it probably wasn't particularly original at the time either.

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArekExcelsior

"There is nothing new under the sun." -King Solomon

"This is the sixth time we've destroyed [the Matrix], and we've become exceedingly efficient at it." -The Architect

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

A new favorite one for me.

But in all seriousness, kids these days....

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Ooh! Ooh! I have a bunch of quotes for just this topic!

"Our Earth is degenerate in these later days;
there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end;
bribery and corruption are common;
children no longer obey their parents ...
and the end of the world is evidently approaching."
-- Assyrian clay tablet, c. BCE 2800

"When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint." ~Hesiod (c. BCE 700 )

"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?" ~Plato (c. BCE 400)

"The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint... As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress." ~Peter the Hermit (CE 1274)

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGDwarf

I was about to mention that technically speaking, Battlestar Galactica was only being rebooted for the second time when I suddenly remembered that you might be referring the ridiculous incarnation that was Battlestar Galactica 1980. As of this very moment, I am sitting here in my chair, slack-jawed, shuddering at the aforementioned recollection.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Finton

Matt: evidently "The Matrix" is a very confusing film series, but I think "The Architect" was talking about destroying "Zion" - the latest community founded by human refugees from "The Matrix" - whenever the refugees are numerous enough and capable enough to be a threat to "The Matrix". But, having said that, I think your point stands.

On the other hand, in the real world, there is new stuff, and old people don't understand how it works. Such as "The Matrix", and wi-fi.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

"There's nothing new under the sun" - some dude

"Gentlemen, this is Rocket" - The First Chinese Rocket Scientist

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Pinky: " what are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
Brain: "Same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try and take over the world!"

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBasic Complexity

" ...if that's genetic." Gold.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

"This needs to be put into the rerun archive for future use."

You just want to see Battlestar Galactica keep coming back around.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

Maybe we could just have a movie where Glen A. Larson and Ronald D. Moore pilot giant battle robots and beat the stuffing out of each other.

And is there some reason that only people who continually use their middle initial can be associated with Battlestar?

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavidc

Pretty sure that quote with that exact wording was also in Peter Pan. The quote is actually describing itself, not the events around it! It's so meta!

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGus Snarp

I've also found that maturity comes from the fact that it evenutally just takes too much effort to be immature.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBird

This article is very relevant. In its first paragraph it points out that this attitude is at least 6000 years old, as words to that effect were found inside an Egyptian tomb!

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoz

Socrates: "Youth today have bad manners and no respect."

Confucius: "The music youth listen today is just noise."

Clint Eastwood: "Get off my lawn."

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Nailed it, man. Mutual respect is the answer - but finding it is going to be difficult.

"Age and wisdom do not go hand in hand. Sometimes, age comes alone."

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEH

I don't blame the kids that are "bad". I blame the parents lousy parenting skills or lack there of. I know a lot of wonderful amazing respectful young folks. The result of wonderful amazing respectful parents. Good parenting usually requires effort. Parents now a days. sheesh.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPracticalAce

Wait a minute. They're reimagining BSG again? Or is this the rumored reboot that will be closer to the original than Ron Moore's?

Note form Scott:

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

What? Rebooted again? Seriously?

Who exactly thinks they could do it better?

Anyone who watched seasons 3 and 4?

The joke making the rounds at the time those aired was "The Cylons have a plan, and the writers have no idea what it is".

<B>Note from Scott:

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

I thought I'd read "all this has happened before" from the book, but it's actually from the Disney movie, and from there to Battlestar Galactica.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrisR

Massive props to you, GDwarf: I knew quotes like those existed, but not quite so many. If it pleases you, I shall use them the next time I hear modern rehashes of them again.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

@Robert Carnegie: Yes, you are correct. I've only seen it once, and now that I think about it I remember that he was talking about Zion.

But then again, I took the blue pill, and I believe Zion is made-up.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@LEH Or sometimes not at all, baby! YEAH!

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I gave up trying to keep up with the culture when I heard an otherwise sane adult use the word "pimp" as a compliment.
I have over-fourty-itis, and I don't care who knows it.
As for the world degenerating, human culture has always involved humans - so it has always sucked,and all societies, no matter how well founded, always do degenerate, but now our burgeoning numbers and powerful machines are allowing us to drag the actual planet down with us.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

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