When To Bow Out

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Life, Politics, Society
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Respect your elders. Those are words from my childhood that still ring in my argumentative ears.

I had a lot of elders to revere. My grandfather was fearless,protective, loving, wise and hilarious.

We shared the same heart. So no one had to tell me to respect him. Like loving him, it was a no-brainer.

As good a man as my grandfather was there are old men who are just as bad.

Albert Fish looked like a grandfather and was a horrific, hell-spawned monster . That’s one elder demon.

There are more social and political retainers in the halls of Congress. They’ve taken naps with speakers on the floor.

There are several ‘career’ members of Congress over 80 years old possessing their seats for decades!

Granted, they are elected. Still, why do they continue to run? Both parties are guilty of this.

Classy ladies and gentlemen know when to bow out gracefully and pass the reigns to young forward thinkers.

There is no shame in this. Elders can become advisers and teachers rather than wielders of power.

Is it fear of change that imprisons elder statesmen? Is it your mother’s words  that dictates your vote?

The elders are chronologically superior and hopefully wise enough to know themselves and society.


  1. Wisdom is (unfortunately) such a rare commodity. It doesn’t accrue automatically with age and experience. In fact, many people just keep going around in the same circles doing the same things, as if whatever succeeded once always will. As regards Congress, there’s more habit and risk aversion than “class”. With most districts gerrymandered into safety, it becomes a big challenge to dislodge any incumbent, unless (as the old saying goes) they are caught in bed with either “a dead woman, or a live boy”. Sending risque cell phone photos also counts…


  2. Hi CCSpeak, thought your blog was really interesting. If I may, I’ve worked in different places in Africa for most of the last decade, and I couldn’t help comparing what you described to what I saw there.
    Especially outside the cities, where traditional cultural norms haven’t broken down, everyone gets to be an ‘elder’ and thus have a say in leadership just by surviving long enough to have a mostly gray head. Now, you can work at losing the privilege by being a tool, or gain it a little early by showing extra wisdom, but generally, you grow old and you gain respect and position.
    Unlike electoral systems where youth and change can be voted in though, this makes for a slow, sedate pace of decision-making, and societies/villages that really don’t do well with change.
    Just thought it would be interesting to have the different perspective. thanks for blogging!


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