For centuries, man has struggled with his surroundings and environment in the pursuit of knowledge, from the first use of tools to the domination over fire. Knowledge and wisdom have become practical and prestigious traits in society. For instance, Native American chiefs were called "wise men, emphasizing the importance of wisdom and how it is needed in order for the tribe and the individual to survive. However, the first chapter of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Bible, states, "For in much wisdom is much grief, and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow. In short, with knowledge comes pain, a very valid statement.
While knowledge might be essential to human survival, it is absent in the younger generation, providing an obvious contrast to the wiser, more knowledgeable elder generation. Some a