- Me: Juno. Shut up and listen.
Me: You're a 17 year old who knows nothing.
Me: When I explain things to you, try paying attention instead of talking.
Juno: I won't listen if you're going to be disrespectful towards me.
Me: you're not going to learn anything then
Me: if you want to learn things, you have to learn to listen first
Me: and talk last
Me: I shut down the conversation because she said "this is not a good time" and you refused to accept it.
Me: not because I didn't think your question was a worthwhile one.
Juno: I'm willing to listen and I can read what your saying. I'm also asking that you listen to what I say. And treat me as an equal. I think what your saying makes sense and I made a mistake. You're right about that.
I used to be that arrogant 17-year old.
Much of the problem with arrogant 17 year olds is that, by that point in their exceptionally long lives, they have experienced many different situations once. Therefore, they know everything there is to know about every one of those situations. What's so special about a thirty-four year old, then, who has merely lived twice as long and therefore seen each of those situations twice? What more is there to learn by living through the same situation a second time? Why is their wisdom given so much more weight?
Every situation has multiple sides. Right around 30, I started seeing the opposite sides of all the same situations, found myself on the opposite end of the same arguments. And so I've come to understand that I know nothing about anything. Including how to convey this to arrogant 17-year olds, who don't yet even know what they don't know.