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When did youth and beauty become more valued than age and wisdom?
I know in some cultures great repect is still given to elders, but in the western world it seems that once you lose your youth and beauty you lose much of your value.
When did this begin to happen ? I remember being tought to respect my elders.
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OneFootInTheGame answers:

Blame movies and the subsequent change in advertising.

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xoloriib answers:

I think it was about the same time they invented silicone implants.

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P-Kasso answers:

It was in the early 60s (I think it was a Tuesday) when a whole tribe of solipsistic Baby Boomers grew up and didn't know how to form an orderly queue and say "After you..."

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Messerwisser answers:

When the manufacturers of cosmetics started intense advertising.

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Russel.West answers:

Around the same time you found out that being taught to respect your elders was only to lead to you becoming like them - having sworn in youth you would never end up like that!

Supplement from 02/16/2009 10:21pm:

at that point you realise that what you had can never be replaced so you end up churning out the same old rhetoric - like anyone cares etc etc etc

Only the young and the exploitive value beauty and youth!!!

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