Dichos: Mexican Proverbs and Sayings #2by Elizabeth "Bjay" Woolley on Nov. 05, 2009, under dichos, Life, mexican culture
Here is today’s Dicho:
Dicho in Spanish:
Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo
Dicho in English:
The devil knows more because he is old, not because he is the devil
The meaning of this one is pretty obvious to those of us with some age on us. This was often said to a youngster who was surprised an older person was capable or knowledgeable or (gasp!) “right.”
Many times in my life, I think of the truth of the phrase “youth is wasted on the young.” If only I could go back in time with the knowledge I have now. Of course it would be nice to have advance knowledge to invest in Microsoft or to sell our house when house prices skyrocketed, but that’s not really what I’m talking about. I mean, to have the better sense and experience I have now.
In my younger years, my thoughts and life were in a jumble. Problems seemed worse or harder to solve because of all the noise going on in my head. I’m thankful much of that is now sorted out. However, it was not because I am brilliant, it’s because of experience and knowing what really matters in life (to me). Yes, I forget things more frequently now – words, names, location of keys and car – but I still have more going for me now inside my head and heart.
It is unfortunate advertisers often see more potential profit from the youth of our nation, and they have influenced our culture into disrespect of our elders. Elders are sometimes viewed as an inconvenience. It is easier to disregard these slow-driving, slow-talking folks as “broken down” than to have the utmost respect and reverence for their life experience. It reminds me of the scene from Parenthood with Steve Martin where his grandmother shares a brilliant outlook on life and then proceeds to go wait for him in the neighbor’s car, therefore losing her credibility with him.
Not too long ago, Craig Ferguson had a monologue on his talk show that summed this all up here. It’s one of the best monologues I’ve ever seen, both hilarious and insightful. I highly suggest you watch it. Have a good laugh and think all at the same time.
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