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The Digital Divide: Exchanging Wisdom across Generations

The Digital Divide: Exchanging Wisdom across Generations

Many, many… have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now… You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as some day, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.” —A mentor to Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

 

When my son was in his twenties, I enlisted him to help me learn the complexities of a new computer. Sitting next to me, he noticed the anxiousness and impatience in my voice, and I realized there was more going on than my anxiety about a computer. I heard his crisp words: “Just relax. Don’t panic, Dad; one thing at a time.” I had an instant flashback: I’m seeing myself, as clearly as yesterday, next to my son on the front seat of my car, saying those same words to him as he clutches, shifts, and brakes, anxiously learning to operate a stick shift transmission, just as his two older sisters had done before him.

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