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Is An Elder Always Right?

Experience they say is the best teacher but does it make you above mistakes?

How come we respect elders and their opinions so much even when we know they are humans like us, so they are failable?

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I was unaware that "elders" ran Nigeria. . .

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Elders are always right, thank you.

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Forget that story, elders are always right. Believe it.

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No, our elders are not always right.

Knowledge is a continious process - we gather knowledge from all around us, both younger and older, till the day we shuffle off this mortal core.

No one knows everything, and that includes our elders.

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Elders are always right.

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Mama-gee

yoruba culture is another when it comes to respecting elders.

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In yorubaland,elders are right even if they are wrong.Dont ask questions,use your discretion when dealing with them.

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Elders are not always right and experience has proved time and time again how these "elders" use their age factor to manipulate the younger generation for their selfish interests.As children, we have always been told to respect them.That's fair enough but respecting someone is one thing and trusting the judgement of that person is another.

I'll give an example.I recently got a report than an "elder" in my hometown has "resold" part of my land in the village to someone else.I instantly traveled there to see what was going on and the news proved to be true.This is a man of over 70 years.It wouldn't be wise to lock him up or use the usual 9ja "gra gra" way of doing things so i decided to do it "diplomatically" which involves taking him through the customary courts (village law procedures) and seek justice.The people who deliberated the proceedings where fellow "elders" like himself.They didn't come out openly to say he did wrong and at the same time, they pleaded with me to be patient and that they would "deal" with the issue.The agreement was that he would refund me my money within a month coz the person he sold the land to had already started development.I reluctantly agreed to this.To cut the story short, it's been six months now and i am yet to get a dime.And what can i do?If i do anything rash. . .we all know how that will end up.This is a tip of the ice berg of the things "elders" do and get away with.

The state of Nigeria nko? Who are the ones looting our treasury blind on a daily basis?Is it not the elders?Look at the presidency,senate,house of reps.Most (if not all) the people there are people above 50 years of age.If the younger generation complains, they will give you the proverb which says :

"The young man on the tree cannot see what the old man on the floor sees"

Arrant rubbish! ! !

One of the things killing this country is our culture.

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no they ruined nigeria

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Some are right, some aren't. . .

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Our politicians and thier corrupt advisers are typical exmaples of elders that are continually wrong. but th ebible says to respect them so what can we do but wait on God while we try to do disaster control in our daily lives

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The people running Nigeria into hell are elders. These elders are a bunch of shameless, morally bankrupt, agberoitic people you can ever find. So no elders are not always right and in a culture were so much emphasis is put on a group of people always being right you have a situation like Nigeria

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The elder who is always right is the one who knows when to admit a mistake or inadequate knowledge about an aspect in life.

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ve answered the q in d poll.

elders should be respected for their vast knowledge abt several issues but that does not that we should replace their overbearing tendencies with critical issues that demand the knowledge of 21 century.

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elders have seen it all, ME I BE ELDER!!!

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nt neccesarily but most times they sur ar rite

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Nobody is always right, and nobody is always wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Elders should be respected, and experience should be valued.

Experience they say is the best teacher, but it is also a mean teacher. Things learnt through personal experiences are not easily forgotten.

Unfortunately, life is too short to learn from your own mistakes (it is better to learn from the mistakes and experience of others)

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Sometimes. . There’s really no generic answer for that . . depends on who or how wise the elder really is

And no one yet is infallible

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NO, they're not always right. but more often than not, they are, and that's why they're elders. i mean, elder or not, whoever you go to for advice probably is right most of the times, isn't it? else you won't got to them for advice. let's just say elders have been given that position primarily, to give advices and stuff

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No they are not always right but as an elder you don't say he/she is wrong you can only show them by doing what is right even at that you don't have to rub it in their faces because no reasonable elder will intentionally want to mislead a younger generation.

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Elders are not always right because nobody is perfect

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Nope elders are not always right. Why?

1) Most parents will still tell you ATM cards are bull poo

2) Most elders will still tell you to marry from your hometown

3) Most elders will still emphasise on cultures that would always hold you backward

4) Most elders expect you to live life just like they did and also their fathers and fore fathers

5) Most elders dont ask you to make your decisions rather tell you to listen to your elders

6) Most elders dont know that you dont have to be as old as them to be wealthy, guess they have never heard of the google boys, face book boys

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Have you heard the sensation that "some" might not deserve such treatment?

-------- I have not, but as far as I know though, it has always been understood that there are some elders one cannot really rely on. The words of those not so reliable elders can be given some consideration (again, because there is often times some definite, fundamental, and applicable truth), but it often times is not treated with such high regard as that of other more reliable elder.

As for the hierarchy, I feel that the importance of age is more tied with cultural respect, as opposed to respect based on wisdom. By cultural respect I mean things such as, how one greets those who are in older age-grades, or how one conducts themselves in the presence of older age-grades, etc,  As far as I've seen, people in younger age-grades often times still give cultural respect to someone of an older age-grade, regardless of how useful/useless the person is when it comes to knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. So basically, the hierarchy (in my view) seems more connected with cultural courtesy than one's supposed/implied wisdom due to age.

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In Yoruba land that is the predominant deceit, but I guess its

reduced with the new generation.

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elders are not always right, we have  brainless and foolish people[no apology]who always claim to be an elder with little or no sense of judgement when it comes to critical issues.

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Elder is not always right.

Wisdom has got nothing to with age.

And experience sometimes cld make a man lose proper way of thinking.

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NO. They are not always right. People used to think so in the olden days, but those thoughts are gone by the wind now. If an elder tries to impose some olden day rules to that don't seem right I will reason with him until he sees sense in my opinion

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Elders these days are not always right cos most of thier opinions are still directed to the olden days when the society was still sane.

Things have really changed nowadays you even feel not asking an elder for advise cos you know what you are asking for was not done when the elder was at your present age.

These does not mean we sholud not respect our elders o, i believe you get my drift.

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Elders may be more experienced in some aspects of the world and life as they have lived in it for long

doesn't meant hey are infallible

we should always respect them until given reason not to!

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nobody is always right including elders excluding God

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They are not always right but we should be careful to tell them they are not right or tell them politely and they may take the blame.

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In the olden days,yes but nowadays, na lie!!!

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An elder or older person is not always right. Most of what they tell us is based on their experience, and the fact that they tend to be wiser. We listen to our elders out of respect but do we follow what they tell us 100% absolutely not. Yoruba people say "Bi omode ba laso to agba, ko le ni akisa to o"(pardon ma Yoruba). So that is what really sums it up. And in our culture, we have to respect them whether they r right or not.

Is an elder always right, ma obvious answer is NO.

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nobody is always right except God

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We should for the years they have lived. But in our culture I feel they are considered untouchable and infallible. Have you heard the sensation that "some" might not deserve such treatment?

I don't think this applies to parents alone. Inside a typical Nigerian family we have a hierarchy mainly based on age. Age is what matters at the end of the day!

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Asking that question is like asking if one's parents are always right. The short answer is, "no". Asking why we respect elders and their opinions so much even when we know they are humans like us, is like asking why children consult (or discuss with) their parents on many, many matters. It is understood that they generally have experienced more than us, and that there are underlying and fundamental truths in the things that they say. Lamely put, the elders are wiser and have a much more mature (practical and often times, broader) understanding than the rest of us, generally speaking.

Is there a reason why we ought not respect our elders?

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