Wizards, as in wise old people who heartily embraced that role with open arms, mostly died out with the Boomers.
They still exist in pop culture, of course, as a hint to a greater past generations ago which venerated the wise old man as the beacon of knowledge, and the oldest link to the past. However, you don’t really come across them anywhere else.
Generations ago, age was nothing to be embarrassed about. Old people embraced their age. It was, after all, an inevitability. Part of nature’s plan.
Things changed, however, when older men and women preferred to forget about their age and create the illusion of youth, denying their seniority and subsequent wisdom.
If you look at pictures of old people many years ago against old people of the more modern generations, this is apparent. Older people of the modern generations are plagued by continuous immaturity in a sad attempt to cling onto youth, only this Fountain of Youth is merely skin deep.
In this generational move away from wizardry, younger generations have lost the wise figures that prior generations benefited from, and are largely forced to figure things out for themselves.
There is no Oracle in the 21st century west, and there are no village wizards.
Only decrepit fogies with face lifts and sports cars, desperate to cling onto the past.
It’s selfishness, when you look at it. Selfishness, after all, is what defines the Boomer generation.
It was the generation that opted to spend and consume rather than secure meaningful legacy, and it was the generation that helped expedite the erosion of any higher meaning that the west once had.
This is why characters like Professor Jordan B. Peterson have become so popular among the youth.
Peterson, and many others, identified the lack of wizard-like figures in modern society and turned it into a profitable industry.
Lost young men, desperate for a wise father figure. For a guide to show them the way in an ever unclear world.
Peterson, of course, is not a wizard, but he proves the insatiable hunger for wizards in modern society exists.
The absence of wizards in modern society has caused another problem too: Young people don’t really respect old people these days.
Instead of seeing old people as wise gurus and beacons of knowledge, the youth of the Information age, where you can access information at your fingertips, just generally see the old as a useless nuisance.
Generation Z doesn’t see the Boomers as a wise beacon of knowledge. They see them as a warning. A destructive mistake worth learning from.
And can you blame them?
Under the Boomer, house prices and college tuition have rocketed for Generation Z, who will be far less likely than their parents to ever own a house.
Boomers to Generation Z represent pure societal decline, justified by philosophical selfishness.
How could wizards rise from such a generation?
There are still some wizards around today, those before the Boomers who are still alive, but they truly are a rarity.
If the theory that generations rebel against prior generations is correct, there will have to be some form of a Generation Z wizard revival.
It is likely that once Generation Z reaches the peak age of wizardry, they, unlike their parents, will start sporting long white beards and robes, and will start offering wise advice to the younger generations– continuing the tradition of their more ancient forebears.