This was a response to an “Ask Slashdot” thread in which a young guy was wondering why the older people he worked with didn’t seem to be giving him the respect he deserved despite his obvious intelligence and expertise. If you know me, you’ve probably predicted that my response was something along lines of “because you’re an arrogant little twerp whose only real expertise is regarding the view from up his own ass.” But no, I actually decided to take a very different approach. Maybe I’m getting old myself.