I'm thinking my analogies are not translating across region/language/culture - analogies are not meant to be taken literally. I also see them "slam" into some individuals inherent thought process that resides with a default opinion of "let them get what they want."
Their Age doesn't matter - that is part of the analogy, just learning and then jumping into something that is remotely not needed. Envy has nothing to do with it either. Training wheels, starts in the direction, but is misplaced by the thought "because I did, they must."
From experience I have seen on this forum and in my life literally 100's of beginners who are convinced that the only way to get good photos you have to have the best DSLR and lens they can afford. The issue comes when beginners do not understand what "best" means. Some think it is the highest priced lens, some think it is the most reach (zoom range), some think it is the fastest focus (most don't understand that is not what "fast glass" means), some think it is having only f/2.8 glass. Almost all of them don't understand that they are the weak link, not the equipment.
We (with the experience we have compiled over years) know that 99% of beginners do not understand is their pocket camera with a 28-420mm lens has more reach than a DSLR with one 24-70mm lens. That may seem funny to read, but maybe 1 out of 20 beginners and friends I have experienced do not understand this simple idea that we take for granted, and are then disappointed. It is such an elementary idea but if you have been around or have taught children, it really is not a stretch at all.
The other "beginner" comments that halt me, is the "I have finely saved up and can get..." or similar posts that blow all of that on a camera and one lens. That illustrates to me money is somewhat of a struggle (as it is with most of us) and experience tells me they would enjoy the hobby more if they can afford the "extras" or more lenses that all of us amass over the years.
As for giving a beginner a hot-rod of a camera - this is why I think it is inherently stupid. The learning curve with most intense hobbyist that I have been around and have talked to is 2-5 years before they get enough experience to become able to consistently make great images. That is 1 - 2 camera upgrade cycles in today's DSLR existence. In the "film" days, you may have been only at a halfway point to a body upgrade. I do not believe having the "Best" camera speeds anything up. Experience doesn't come though osmosis of a camera to a person, but from hours, months, years of taking crappy photos and learning from them. :)