I went to a high school reunion the other day, there were a few people from my year and many from earlier years. A lot of the talk was about careers, comparing how far people had gotten, it was very materialistic.
I was surprised to find that these were not my kind of people anymore. Very few of them had a spiritual life, and those I tried to talk to about Buddhism didn’t seem inclined to listen. I also noticed that the things that they respect I didn’t feel anything for.
I was surprised that they all seemed to be like that… all young people made to fit society’s mold, grown into old people with unfortunate habits.