Wisdom Of Youth

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By: Sherbano Tajammal Hussain

If Youth were a man, he’d be a rather naïve young gentleman.
If Youth were a man, he’d convince himself that he knows everything, despite the fact that in his short-lived existence, he has seen nothing.
If Youth were a man, he’d believe that he would live on forever and ever—and that nothing, absolutely nothing, would tear him off from the face of this planet.
Why, if youth were a man, he’d be the most impressionable, vain and over-confident individual that one would ever come across in life.
Youth would be many things but one could never hope to find even a trace of wisdom in youth.
For the truth is, Youth is still at that stage in life where he is learning about the world in general.
He is not even a fully formed person yet.
He sets idealistic goals for himself, hoping to one day surpass his predecessors for surely, according to him, he can do what they did—only better.
As a man, Youth would be inspired.
But wise? No. Youth is too reckless, too immature, too foolish to be wise.
Honestly, though, can we blame Youth for being the way that he is?
Adults, however, tend to view him with contempt.
For what does Youth know about life?
He is too gullible.
And utterly and hopelessly unexposed to the harsher realities of life.
Yet, the point which people tend to overlook here is that when one is young, one cannot possibly be wise! For Youth lacks experience and the true teacher of wisdom is experience!
The fact is, adults judge Youth harshly because they themselves forget what it was like to be young. They forget that they, too, had colossal dreams and aspirations stored in their hearts—dreams and aspirations which were so colossal that they seemed larger than life itself!
In the words of J.K Rowling, ‘’Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels but old men are guilty if they forget what it was like to be young.’’
Yes, Youth is not wise.
But should Youth be ashamed of this?
Youth should embrace this period of foolishness and learn from his mistakes for learning from one’s mistakes is the true sign of wisdom.

The writer is a student of A Levels at a leading school in Lahore.She won a full scholarship from her school based on straight A’s in her O Level results.

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  • CNU  On September 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Dear YA, I can’t call you ‘Bari Bi’ but here it is ‘zuroorat e muhawra’. Bari bi to bari bi, chhoti bi Subhan Allah. Honehar birwa k chiknay chiknay paat. Masha Allah! You have written one book and it appears when beti reaches your age she would have written many, In Sha Allah. My congratulations to mother and daughter on her first appearance on the blog.

  • GRK  On September 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    my dear yasmeen heartiest greetings.delighted to note the wisdom flowing all around profound regards sincerely grk

  • Rafiq  On September 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Interesting: Youth, for that matter Childhood, femininity vis-à-vis masculinity, sexual disorientation, physical and mental weaknesses (life’s realities) fit into this perspective.

    So, what is the take?

    Understandability about livelihood, man and animal !!!!!!

  • Briglatif  On September 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Nice to hear youth speaking about itself in a very candid style. I fully agree that youth is creative, determined and passionate. Youth is impressionable and inexperienced alright; But foolish…..? not always. Actually, youth is a dreamer. And who has control over dreams? Youth may at times dream a dream which might look impossible and foolish to the old. However, remember, it is the dreams of the youth that set the course for so called age of wisdom and the rest of the world. So youth must not underestimate itself. Youth must keep dreaming and set the course high for itself as well as for all of us.

    • sturkman  On September 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Yeah I agree, just like “Youth should embrace this period of foolishness and learn from his mistakes for learning from one’s mistakes is the true sign of wisdom”, Pakistan should have also done so instead of being a 65 years old Imbecile in Community of Nations of world living off Charity of Aid and Loans since age 6 in 1953, 1st US Charity of Aid and 1955, the 1st US Charity of Loan. . .

      • Yasmeen Ali  On September 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

        SHUT UP!I’m sick of your irrelevant rubbish & will ban you from the SITE you RAW Agent.

      • sturkman  On September 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

        I know, how much you hate RAW because you work for ISI. I don’t want to be here because you keep deleting my comments. You are the one, who keep sending me your this Blog for comments. I don’t care. Ban me …!
        Since you have used Ass Hole for someone, can I use that for you?

  • idrees  On September 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Youth is an age of adventure and exploration in learning, in growth, in bursting vivid imagination…. Youth is the age of forming a world view, temperament, attitude and character. It is an age of commitment.

  • Yasmeen Ali  On September 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I Do not send to TURKMAN ID-unless you have ANOTHER FAKE ID which I do not know as yours.I wish I was working for ISI ,I would have had U picked up by now.Richly deserved. Henceforth everything you post is deleted-better placing you on ban.Fuck off!

    • sturkman  On September 28, 2012 at 2:08 am

      I do not have another Yahoo ID. You don’t have to work for ISI to get anybody picked up in Pakistan but I do not live in your stinky, shitty Pakistan. I have been in USA for the last 39 years so, fuck off yourself …!

  • MAV  On September 28, 2012 at 1:47 am


    Brilliant. My Shabash to Sherbano.

    With such young minds, no harm can come to Pakistan.


  • Najma Sadique  On September 28, 2012 at 1:47 am

    This is wisdom beyond her tender years. Congratulations to Sherbano, and to you, Yasmeen, for nurturing such a thinking child who is already so incisive about youth. – Najma

  • baahirezaman  On September 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

    A true reflection brilliance. Wat to go Sherbano… Looking forward to much more… Just a thought though, in such drastically changing times, I see a lot of “adults” having a difficult time handling various situations they are faced with, while the younger lot, “youth” makes its way through with great ease. “Wisdom”, to me is a relative term. In some ways, “adults” may take lead but the way lives have changed, in a lot of other ways, “youth” seems to be wiser (to me). Just a thought I wanted to share. Cheers and stay blessed 🙂


  • Eph-Xe Cay  On September 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    well done

  • Sohail  On September 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    so well done …. speechless !

  • Khalid Iqbal  On September 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Precisely what Pakistani youth is doing. No kidding.

  • Rauf  On September 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    YAA Ji
    Well written paper. Congratulations to the writer as well to her MOM and DAD.
    Wishing Sherbano all the best and in her future endeavors.

  • ahsan shah UK  On September 28, 2012 at 10:22 am


  • Dave Llindorff  On September 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Beautifully done.

  • Bill  On September 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Wonderful, YAA. Many thanks for sharing. And
    hats off to your daughter!

  • Arif Khan  On September 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Very well written Arif

  • Mansoor Mubeen  On September 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Ms. Sherbano assertion that youyh can be every thing but wise needs to be rephrased. It should have been as the wisdom of youth is void of valuabe experience, thus CAN BE lacking the pragmatic approach.

  • Ghias uddin Babar  On September 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this fine piece of Youth Wisdom.

    I found it an interesting reading with a lot of sense in it. Young author
    of this art work deserves appreciation for such a superb understanding of
    the problems with old people.

    Some times back I received an sms:
    Zindgi Ustad Say Zayada Sakht Hoti Hay
    Ustad Sabak Day kr Imtehan layta hay
    Zindgi imtehan Lay Kr Sabak Deti Hay

    With best wishes and regards, Ghias uddin Babar

  • Zubair  On September 29, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Good wisdom — Good for her age- the girl and her parents deserve congratulations.

    Sent from my iPad

  • Ijaz Khan  On September 29, 2012 at 5:53 am

    This article was published by Op-Ed News:

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