That's really easy to say and think...when you are 24 and have no responsibility to anyone other than yourself.
It's a bit more difficult when you have a family, a mortgage, kids to put through college and a retirement to begin planning for.
"No... see this... This is patronizing and insulting, because it implies you know where my life is going. You didn't say, 'You don't know where you'll be in 20 years...' You noted a specific, social norm, and that because I'm 24, I don't think about my future. Also, you implied I don't have anyone to take responsibility for, what if I did have a kid? Do you know? What if I have a brother who is handicapped and I take care of him?"
"You made assumptions about my life and who I am, and that's insulting. Don't. That's not okay, and I don't care if 'everyone does it', it pisses me off. Don't make excuses for that behavior, if you want to dismiss me because you think I'm rude, fine. However, I'm not going to hear you backpedal and feel better about what you said, that's even more insulting. I said specifically why I was insulted, and you absolutely made an assumption. You don't have to feel apologetic, I didn't ask for one. Tell me to fuck off, I don't care, I can respect that you don't like my thoughts on it. Hell, if you still don't think you're being insulting or patronizing, fine. That's up to you. My statement in my sig applies, I am offended by what you said, and that's my deal. I am really bothered when people make assumptions about other people the way you did."
"Sorry, I didn't want to say 'people older than me', long-winded. There's not a lot of words between young adult and 'the elderly'. I just wanted to get the point out there, and obviously I did, since more people didn't question it."
"If I got into what 'tends to' be true about people, I'd tap into my misanthropy and it would be much more insulting. Not bothering to do that here, I like enough people on E not to want to make any blanket statement that someone I like will feel offended by, because sometimes that happens and it isn't worth the trouble."
You can't believe how many people will be willing to "conform" (which from your original post seems to include taking a job which includes a dress or appearance code) even if they have (or want) a family? Even if they have a mortgage to pay? College (or equivalent) to pay for? A retirement to plan?
You don't see why anyone in those circumstances would think it wasn't that bad to wear a suit and tie? Or cut off that mohawk? Or take out those lip rings? Or wear "smart casual" shirt and trousers? Or wear the uniform issued to them by their job?
"Yes... I can't believe people will... No, I'm not doing this... The answer is 'yes'."
"However, if you enjoy it, more power to you. Not everyone does, and a lot of people force themselves to get past it, and 'grow' to like it begrudgingly. That should never have to be true."