Having spent the day involved with a youth leadership day, I suddenly realised something and it is this. With growing years, what is important is not the gathering of further facts, wider wisdom or specific techniques. It is a gradual dawning of how systems, groups and individuals work. For if time teaches anything at all, it is the sense of how to do tasks, how people will respond and why things are worth achieving in the first place. On the other hand, grey hairs do not usually equate to energy and enthusiasm, they rarely bestow boundless creativity and hardly ever inspire that absorbing curiosity which are the hall-marks of the young.
What’s to be done?
‘Simples’ as the advert says. We need to think again in the West of one world. Not just poor and rich, one background with another but young and old harnessed together in harmonious effort to turn our problems around. However, to achieve that would take real leadership and not just for a day.