It is better to be a poor but wise youth than to be an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
Such a youth could come from prison and succeed. He might even become king, though he was born in poverty.
Everyone is eager to help such a youth, even to help him take the throne.
He might become the leader of millions and be very popular. But then the next generation grows up and rejects him! So again, it is all meaningless, like chasing the wind.