FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG

1. It’s Saturday, June 25, 2016.

2. Not excited about the expected return of Jose Reyes to the Mets.

For one thing, he’s not the same physically as he was in those glory years of the mid to late ‘00s. There are not going to be a lot of triples, even in a ballpark originally built for him to hit them.

But more important, I’m not comfortable with rewarding a guy with a homecoming after a domestic violence arrest. The Oct. 31 incident, in which Reyes was accused of grabbing his wife by the throat and pushing her into a sliding glass door, resulted in no conviction because his wife declined to cooperate with authorities.

I understand that Reyes that, whatever the circumstances, hasn’t been convicted of a crime. He has the right to pursue his career.

Just don’t expect me to give him a warm welcome. Let’s see how serious he is about remorse for the incident before fans start singing the “Jose” version of “Ole, Ole, Ole” again.

3. The postmortems about the Brexit vote continue. My favorite, by the way, is the one in which people who voted “Leave” were just registering a protest and weren’t serious about it.

Surprise!

4. One interesting fact that’s emerged is that older Britons overwhelmingly supported leaving the European Union while younger ones and those who live in London turned out en masse to vote “Remain.”

The breakdown is stunning, and yet not surprising.

Older people don’t generally react well to change. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because the changes in their lives are generally negative. Their health is worse. Their kids have left the house. They can’t work the new-fangled technology. Their idea of what’s good in a movie, TV show or song is now out of style, relegated to oldies channels.

So there’s a projection, perhaps, that this change isn’t good, and maybe they should do something about it.

Their problem is that they think static is good and reverting is better. The key word in “Make America great again” isn’t “great.” It’s “again,” as if some utopia has been lost in all the change. Whatever happened to flip phones? Why are there all these replays in baseball? Why are those people speaking Spanish?

But if you’re young, it looks different. This is OK. But it’ll be even better when. When Apple works out the bugs. When you can be exactly who you want. When you create more energy than you use. When this Peruvian dish is available everywhere. When you can pick up a few Korean words.

What the British vote on exiting the European Union was about, and the U.S. election is shaping up to be about, is whether or not we as a nation are up to the idea of handling rapid change. Not just in technology – that’s been changing constantly forever. Can we change how we think about our neighbors, about the makeup of our population? Can we change how we think about the way people live and make it sustainable in a world that isn’t going to stand still?

Young people aren’t threatened by the idea that the world is changing. They embrace it and adapt.

The Brexit vote infuriates young people because they were doing just fine, thank you, taking on the challenges. In fact, they were loving it. If anything, they want things to be better.

It’s the same in the U.S. This country, one forged in a revolution that embraced all the new ideas of its time, fails if it stops embracing the challenge of the future.

Young people are ready to do that. And, even though I’m fast being an old guy, I’m on their side.

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