Life as we know it: 40 years from now, people will read books that analyze and second-guess today’s crazy events. Many of those books will be written by thoughtful authors who have not yet been born. Makes you wonder about the accuracy and veracity of what we’re told about our nation’s history.

Because of certain recent, horrific events, many Americans are taking the calls for actions by our high school and college students to be wiser and more moral than those of adults.

There was a “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., March 24, with sister marches in other major cities. They were organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., school massacre.

Without a doubt, young people all across the country are exhibiting leadership, strength and the courage that too many of our elected leaders lack in trying to stop gun violence, not only in schools, but in all public places throughout our communities.

They are inspiring, well-spoken young people who demand action by authorities in an effort to get gun control legislation, background checks expanded and schools made safer. All are worthy causes.

Speakers at the rallies lamented the fact we express shock and dismay when these tragedies happen, but then, allow the opportunity for action to slip away. The rally cries are “Enough is enough” and “Never again.”

Sometimes, young people have a gift for cutting through the fog and stating the simple truth without getting caught up in the weeds that trip their elders.

These young people say their voices will be too loud for them to be ignored. They promise follow-up action. They say they will keep the pressure on. They vow to be future leaders and visionaries. God knows we’ll need every one of them to solve our growing discord.

Jonah Goldberg, an American Enterprise Institute fellow and newspaper columnist, recently took exception to the premise that “young people, as a group, are better informed, wiser, smarter or even more enlightened than their parents and grandparents.”

Goldberg reminded us “we are all born ignorant of the world we live in and only lose that ignorance over time. If it was common for young people to be blessed with wisdom that comes with fresh eyes on complex social issues, we’d see more of them elected to state and national political offices, and they’d be running government bureaucracies.”

Young people are smarter today, but they also have many advantages that past generations didn’t have. Adults might think these young people have superior insight in political affairs, especially when they espouse positions they agree with.

Goldberg asked “Are their insights as brilliant when they tout positions that we disagree with? In those cases, we might simply shrug it off to youthful misguidance and exuberance. It is a learning experience and they do have the world’s attention.”

Goldberg believes the world is a pretty good place and our young people are being handed a great opportunity. Billions of people have better lives today than they did 30 years ago. Of course, the world is not perfect.

A lot of work remains to be done. Raising standards is a work in progress. It’s good that our young people are so much smarter, but it must be combined with the experiences life and maturity bring to the table.

Goldberg cited an assessment offered by former President Barack Obama. “If you had to choose a moment in time to be born, any time in human history and you didn’t know what nationality you were or what gender or what your economic status might be, you’d choose today.”

It reminds me of a story shared recently by a reader. Maybe it answers the question “Were you wiser when you were half your age?”

A self-important university student attending a football game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.

“You grew up in a different world, an almost primitive one,” the cocky student said, loud enough for many of those alumni sitting nearby to hear. “The young people of today are much more advanced than people your age.

“We grew up with digital TV, supersonic jet planes, space missions to Mars, miracle drugs and robotic surgeries, and the internet. We have smartphones, nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers, automated manufacturing, and technologies like social media.”

As the young man paused to take another drink of beer, the senior citizen took advamtage of the break in the student’s litany to respond.

“You’re right, son. We didn’t have those things, so we invented them. Now, what are you doing for the next generation?”