“When I was 19, I worked in an old man’s bar. The old men of that era were mostly WW2 vets and one of them told me that if you wanted to bribe someone, you’d have better odds approaching the older person rather than the younger one. He said the reason was because young people were idealistic and old people tended to be more jaded. He added that he had learned this in the army.
I was surprised when he told me this and deeply disturbed. I had been taught to respect my elders for one and I also thought that I was young and quite flaky. Weren’t old people supposed to be wise? My grandfather had total integrity so this is all I knew.
He said it was the other way around. A young person had a spotless record and a desire to keep it that way. He said that people compromise that as they age and the older person was far more likely to take the dirty money. It was the guy with the black hair there, who told me that. His name is (was), Larry. Later, he wrote one of the letters that got me out of the bar business but anyway, what do you think about this?
I think things have changed. For one thing we have old people who are so idealistic, it’s like a lobe of their brain is missing…and they would still take the bribe! Young people would also take the bribe because they were raised by the old people?
I also think very few have any motivation to maintain a “clean slate”, though he was right about my generation. This mattered back then. Your reputation and such. You certainly weren’t going to put your crotch on the internet for example.
Considering all this, if you had to bribe someone, who would choose and what are your impressions and experiences along these lines?
To learn more from old men – see tag – old man’s bar