If "Authority's Most Important Duty Is To Protect Itself!, then the masses most important duty is to carefully monitor authority!"
In line with that primary goal is authority's desire to convince everyone that it is, indeed, an authority. Correlated with that:
Christianity alters your identity to insure the survival of ITSELF.
-- from Prplfox's video series - http://ning.it/R2isGS
So is it just a coincidence that the new fascist Republican party alters members' identity to insure the survival of ITSELF?
To balance that authority out, we need both the elders and the young. I like the idea that the elders are needed to pass on the wisdom and experiences and the younger generations to question the old rules and to update the current issues.