im currently writing a literary research paper about how Jack London's "To Build a Fire" is saying that the real problem is that youth doesn't listen to past generations, and end up making the same bad mistakes. So if anything I would say that you need to to listen to older people, and add your own ideas only once you are old enough to have the wisdom of an older person.
What do you define as youth? Alan Watts isn't trying to assert the mistakes a child makes by not listening to adults, he is simply implying that youth teach adults more when it comes to understanding the essence of life and true happiness. Adults lose their earthly and spiritual interconnections with nature and the universe. Simply because they grow up and follow the standards of society and the imposition that more is better, that time is vital, that materialistic objects of abstract value fabricate how happy one is.
in his story youth extends into what i would assume to be the late 20's or 30's. And the main point is that youth is too stubborn, and end up repeating mistakes. In the story it is represented as the death of the main character.
I can understand someone who is in their late 20's and 30's who is stubborn and ignorant. However, they would classify in Watts video as the adults. Watts refers to young children, and how they interact with nature. They appreciate nature and appreciate something as small as a twig or ant. Adults are the complete opposite and go about their lives taking many things for granted. Ohhhh, nooooo you scuffed my i-phone, ooooo shiiiiiittttttttttttttt
I always felt that coolness is at a maximum during childhood and it eventually fades away as you grow up. Like when youre with friends when youre a kid, and everybody just shuts the fuck up and chills. But when youre an adult, everybody dances around with worthless small talk, dancing around the true issue of what everyone either knowingly or unknowingly is searching for...