Responding to a young graduate’s statement that what is new should be superior to what is older, specifically newly graduated teachers and leaders.
No, new is not always as superior as we think. There are some things that get better as they age, wine for instance. Wine is just juicy until it ages. Maturity does not happen at birth, which is the peak of newness. I don't recommend eating a vegetable at first bud. It needs time to mature into the healthy life giving fruit that sustains us.
In a similar way, wisdom, understanding and discernment take time to develop. The gadgets we use can help us at any age. But skill must be developed through all our experiences and collections of understanding. I've been teaching on and off for 40 years and I am 20 times more knowledgeable and capable of delivering that knowledge than I was in the beginning. This is not to suggest that I've "arrived" at any peak of knowledge. Rather, no one ever arrives at the peak of all knowledge. We only can manage to traverse the mountainsides and peer into glimpses of the depths. Only God knows all.
It is interesting that in our youth we think we are "the bomb" of greatness and expertise. Life is so full and we think we've experienced so much. But as time goes on and wisdom gains a footing in our hearts, we begin to understand that the more we learn, the more we need to learn. What we have learned becomes smaller as we see the cosmic expanse of life — and thus knowledge. Can we ever learn it all. Will all the gadgets we create as humans ever bridge that gap and give us instant wisdom and insight such that we don't need experience. I don't think so.
Humanity needs its older experienced and more mature teachers and leaders. We need them desperately.