This piece is too precious and politically incorrect to sully by my taking anything out of context. I will make an exception for this sentence: Youth, contrary to the common misconception, is not a time of idealism, at least in the Western world, but of the utmost and uncompromising egotism. This egotism has two poles, so to speak, like magnetic north and magnetic south: libertinism and priggery. They are both self-indulgent, but in slightly different ways, the libertines and the prigs. Neither pole is very attractive, but perhaps priggery (to which I regret to say that I was inclined when young, and still have to control a natural tendency to censoriousness) is the worse. Rather Falstaff than Malvolio.
To read the rest, go here. https://www.takimag.com/article/youth-is-wasted-on-the-idealists/ It’s worth it.