Understanding of 'Advice to Youth Essay

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"Advice To Youth" by Mark Twain is basically a short little composition that he was asked to write to the youth's of America. Basically it was just meant to be something to be educational and useful in life. I think that what he said back then is just as true today as it was back then when he wrote it. He starts off by saying that you should always listen to what your parents say even if you don't agree because if you try to rebel against them you'll just get into an argument and after being punished you'll be forced to do what they said anyway. It doesn't matter if you're right or not just listen to them; you'll save yourself the hassle of fighting with your parents and ruining your relationship with them. That's advice that we all have heard, but find impossible to follow growing up. It always ends up with us punished and us having to do something we didn't want to do plus some other stuff. He says that you should always respect your superiors whether they're strangers, family or friends. If someone does something to disrespect and your not sure whether it was intentional or not you should hit them with a brick and then if you find out that he didn't mean any harm you should be a man and tell the person you hit with the brick that you were the one who did it. He said that you shouldn't fight and just try to talk it out, let bygones be bygones. The first half of this advice is correct; we should respect our elders even if they are wrong. As for hitting someone who offended you miss intentionally or otherwise, if we were to do this in today's society we would all have to carry weapons on us at all times and we'd all leave a trail of bodies everywhere we went. It's best just to ignore dumb remarks that are made by even dumber people and get on with life. There is too much ignorance in this world, one person won't be able to make a difference with something like

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