Thanks Charles. Your post and that talk has hit upon 2 or 3 subjects I am as passionate about as woodworking! Here are those concepts I speak of:
Keep on learning! As a 66 year old grandpa I feel I (and we...you and I) can be aware of, involved with, and supportive of the younger generations in an important way. Think of the combined experience represented by the members of this forum and how it can benefit young folks...we don't need to be nuclear engineers, just wise and supportive!
Keep an open mind...It hit me the other day that my negatively biased thoughts about social media were really quite myopic. After reading about how the freedom fighters in the Libyan civil war could not have succeeded with out "intelligence" and technical information delivered in real time via Facebook and Twitter, I realized maybe I was overlooking the game changing possibilities of this new communication phenomena.
And finally when taking action with the above two ideas I realize how positive and energizing it is to be involved with new technology and young motivated folks. Yes, I still read the news and follow politics but the stuff that keeps me involved and interested every day are all these new ideas and the people working on them.
It's almost as good as a full day in the workshop with a new project...but not quite!
And by the way, I am a big supporter of the "new" nuclear power technologies!