On this, I am personally conflicted. Probably has a lot to do with how much a person is learning oriented.
Also, I think there is some wisdom in innocence that children have. We can learn bad things as well as good.
What do you think?
Skado said it so well -- that age brings opportunity for wisdom but doesn’t guarantee it. This couldn't be more obvious where I live (the Bible Belt) with the majority of Baby Boomers and The Silent Generation consistently voting against their own best interests.
To the extent that someone reflects, critically ponders, and learns from life's lessons. It would be easy to skate through life, but then I would miss the cracks and crystals of everything I pass. Why am I using the coldest season as an analogy? It would be easy to paddle through life, but then I would miss the gentle surf and individual sand grains.
Personally I don't believe it at all.
A young person can be much wiser them some older people, I just got home from a road trip with two of the most foolish older people I have ever met,poor decision makers and have known quite wise young ones.
I think it is most likely a selection bias.
I think you nailed it on the head. I absolutely believe that wisdom comes with age, but as you said, only if you're willing and open to learning. I've learned more truly meaningful, life-changing things in the last five years of my life, than I did in the first fifty. I'm talking about the kind of things that would probably qualify as wisdom. Things that if I had grasped and understood them in my teens and early twenties, could have profoundly changed my life for the better.
I think @skado nailed it, age itself in no ways guarantees wisdom, in fact I say age generally is a barrier to wisdom as people get set in their ways, their beliefs are to entrenched they are incapable of learning.
Daily, the clever man learns something. Daily, the wise man gives up some certainty. (MONKEY)
The wisdom of children is that they are open-minded. They haven't been taught to close their minds, yet. Everything is new and wondrous. At least this is true until it is "educated" out of them.
The wisdom of our elders is based on experience. They have lived and loved and lost and learned from life.They are safe, settled and experienced, and therefore we see them as full of knowledge.
The problem with the open-minded child-like wisdom is that we may end up hurting ourselves. The problem with the wisdom of our elders is that we may miss something to avoid being hurt.
The trick is continuing to learn while finding balance somehow.