On the other hand, the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence. It can be seen that sometimes parents unwisely try to give children undesirable pieces of advice like gift flowers, rather than teaching them to grow plants of experience on their own and in freedom. In fact, these days parents seldom give strict orders to children, knowing only too well that the declining parental authority is no match for children’s rising freedom. A this point, hardly can parents force children to listen seriously to advice as if it were experience underdisguise. So when children’s freedom prevails, it implies that kissing parents are many and scolding parents are few.
Now that the younger people have so much freedom that it is as easy for them to mistake intelligence for experience, as the older people mistake experience for intelligence. That is why the younger generation does not face the music by denying to pay attention to the older people’s “authoritative” advice. After all, judging from the way how modern parents obey their children, there should be no mistake about who are the commanders-in-chief?