I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ But…it is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right. –Job 32:6-9

Oh, Elihu. If you could follow the United States election of 2016, it would only confirm how right you were.

Mentally, I am aware that humans (including me!) have biases which bind us, override rationality, and prevent us from gaining insight from people with opposing positions. But to see so much of it in action…

(Incidentally, like Elihu, I also fear sharing my opinion. But it has nothing to do with age. First, there is no intelligence and wisdom And I like to be right about things.)

3 thoughts on “Elihu was right about this election

  1. it’s all our own fault that we fear sharing opinions except with those who agree with us. and what’s the use in that?

    as much as i loathe the toupeed tangerine who represents me now, i wouldnt say he’s not my president. unless there is a massive and unprecedented upheaval in the electoral college (which btw would be a grave violation of democracy itself)… trump is our president. we don’t have to like him or agree, and yes we can work against him – but NOT against each other.

    I have hope. I live in a very red part of a red state (and that’s saying something) and i’ve seen the majority of folks behave with courtesy and dignity – even more so over the last few days. i may be naive, but it does feel like folks around me are making extra efforts to simply be nice.

    I have hope.

  2. @Annie: Those nice people are probably realizing they need to counterbalance Trump’s Twitter feed.

    @Q: You’ve known me for years; this should be no great surprise.

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