The author points out protestations about age, about the established versus the unencumbered. I think it’s more than that. Anyone past their 20s has had shit happen to them. Therefore, they come with a pre-crushed soul. We KNOW that bad stuff can and does happen to good people. We KNOW that happy endings are not only optional, they are rare. Even the soul-crushing day jobs are rare birds these days. So if one cannot get one of those, what makes one think one can get a dream job?
See? The fact that I even typed that sentence is evidence of my own pre-crushed soul. How can you un-learn what life has taught you? How can you un-know the certain knowledge that life sucks and then you die, and that everything else is a lie, a fantasy that you use to soothe yourself?
Defeat, thy name is “Self”.
Sorry, having a low, non-believing day.