Recently I’ve befriend an older lady(referred to as Ms. T) from the Woodstock generation in her 70s, whom I met from class. On our second meeting she came to me, wanting my contact info, saying we have more in common than I realize. She proceeded to invite me to her home to have tea, and asked me to train her in some internal martial arts. She treated me like a son she never had.
I asked Ms. T why she’s so eager to befriend me, she replied she simply felt a good vibe from me. it turned out throughout her life she spent with a lot of religious groups including japanese zen buddhists, orthodox christians, hasidic jews, and Suffi Muslims. she claimed she had a sense from me that i am “spiritually inclined”, that I will be a good friend.
This experience has baffled me a bit as most younger women of this generation generally have a bad vibe from me, seeing me as “creepy”, making them “uncomfortable” just by being around them, Ms. T felt the complete opposite. It is very clear that Ms. T and the modern American woman have drastically different set of values when they are appraising me. Ultimately what can we say about the culture today verses the culture from Ms. T’s generation?