The Wisdom of Generations Past

We want to invent everything anew
Not wanting to listen
Not wanting to learn
If learning is slow and listening slower
Throwing away the wisdom of generations past
Trying to hurry through life fast enough to make all the mistakes ourselves

We want an education
But we don’t want to be educated
We’re trying to ignore the chaos we create
Inventing ad hoc methods, getting ad hoc results
And we don’t want to know how many generations it took to invent a good procedure
The first time round

The wisdom of generations past
Is the kind of wisdom that only last
If you honour the tradition of honouring age
And remember what you’ve already learned when you turn a new page

We want to do everything our own way
Not wanting to listen
To those who did it before and can see where we will fail
Especially not to those who can see where we will fail
Throwing away the wisdom of generations past
Trying to hurry through life fast enough to make all the mistakes ourselves

We want to take the short road every time
Not wanting to listen
To those who tell us that work done too fast is work that doesn’t last
And yet blaming them for interfering when things go wrong the way the predicted
And we don’t want to know how many generations it took to invent a good procedure
The first time round

The wisdom of generations past
Is the kind of wisdom that only last
If you honour the tradition of honouring age
And remember what you’ve already learned when you turn a new page

We want to do everything our own way
But we don’t wan to admit that we created the messes we create
When we hurry too much to consider every possibility
And the possibilities we didn’t consider inevitably unfold
Throwing away the wisdom of generations past
Trying to hurry through life fast enough to make all the mistakes ourselves

We want to invent everything ourselves
But we don’t want to admit to the slowing down of everything that we create
Our lack of know-how of what we do slow everything down
We don’t want to admit to turning development around
Because we’re trying to build without a foundation
And we don’t want to know how many generations it took to invent a good procedure
The first time round