We often seem to bemoan the folly of others in the actions and decisions they take, sending their or other lives off in a different direction.
The folly of forcing a little girl to move into the competitive world of ‘baby shows’ ‘little miss xxx’ shows is often bemoaned by those who believe these girls should have a more ‘normal’ childhood; allowing balanced time for play and schoolwork.
The folly of letting pre-teenagers into the teenage world of makeup and dating, moving them as teenagers into the world where early sex opens them up to all the consequences of an adult world; one where they are not yet ready to take on the responsibilities, damaging their own lives and those of others.
The folly of the middle-aged who deny their age, pretending to be young again, trying to force relationships where the youngsters they involve are sometimes angry at this, or landing a young woman with a much older husband/partner. Those relationships tend to leave a young widow, with his second family competing with the angry first family over any legacy.
The folly of the elderly pretending to be younger, again resulting in people at different stages of life trying to live together.
These are often described as foolish actions, yet for some they produce a happy and productive life.
Who am I to say they are follies, maybe the foolish are wise?