Why does the speaker say “Youth is impulsive” in Chief Seattle’s Speech, 1854? What character trait does it reflect?
Chief Seattle regrets that their young men have ever been impulsive. It is because they grow angry at any real or imaginary wrong happening to them and revenge by young men is considered gain, even at the cost of their lives. They never realise that they have everything to lose and nothing to gain.
Chief Seattle’s comment on the impulsive nature of the young men of his tribe comes as an attempt of self-criticism for the impending doom of the Red Indians and also as an attempt of a reconciliation with the White people. This only reveals that Seattle was self-critical enough and he had an inclination to dig into the real issue instead of being guided by prejudice to the White community.