Trueman on Consumerism

Reading Carl Trueman with pen in hand is virtually pointless because nearly every line is worth underlining.  Even so, this paragraph on consumerism and the worship of "youth" especially caught my attention:

In today's topsy-turvy world, youth has status.  That is why so many old-timers spend large amounts of money and time trying to hold on to, or even win back, some of its accoutrements, whether purchasing a pair of jeans from Aeropostale, buying a male grooming kit, or even undergoing plastic surgery.  Harmless as these phenomena are at one level, at another they are part of the larger cultural impulse toward disdain for the past and for old age.  We see this not just in fashion, of course, but also in the "wisdom" now invested in young people who are considered competent to opine on complex matters, not despite the fact of their relative youth and inexperience but precisely because of it. Pop music, a function of youth culture if ever there was one, is perhaps responsible for this. In the last few decades, we have had the pleasure of hearing all manner of people, from Hall & Oates in the eighties to Lady Gaga in the present, telling the world what to do about everything from apartheid to third world debt to gay marriage. Apparently this lack of "baggage" (to use the standard pejorative) is an advantage to being able to speak with authority on complex subjects.  In other professions, of course--from plumbing to brain surgery--"baggage" is generally referred to as "appropriate training," but, such is the power of a youthful smile, a full head of hair, and a trim waistline that such does not apply to matters of morality, economics, or the meaning of life in general. - Carl Trueman, The Creedal Imperative, p. 29.