Galileo Galilei’s quote is one that has been echoed down the generations:

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.”

Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. He discovered too that no matter how many times your elders and betters tell you not to do something because it is dangerous, you will only believe it after you have tested it out for yourself.  This slots in nicely with the quote that you cannot put old heads on young shoulders.

How much pain and suffering could we have avoided if we had only listened to Mum and Dad in the first place?  It’s not easy being young; we are green around the gills and too trusting.  We know best, and we know it all.  However, in reality, we know nothing.  It is sad, but this scenario is repeated generation after generation.

Is there a cure for it? Yes, it’s called middle age!  By now we’re not so trusting, and have experienced many life events.  It’s time to hand our experience and knowledge down to our children and grandchildren, but are they listening? Ha ha, no they are not!

As a teenager, do you wish you had listened to your mother or father?