At 11:14 AM 28/05/99 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
>The single thing that most distinguishes the older man from the younger is
>the knowledge that people can see through his act. This embarrassing
>enlightenment suddenly makes him realize that there's really not much point
>in pretending to be what he is not. With this knowledge comes the
>possibility for peace of mind.
Reminds me of an expression I heard a long time ago, something like: "....the shocking, implaccable confidence of youth, born of utter self-ignorance......", or words to that effect.