I am not a religious figure associated with any of the major religions. I learned better than to do that in my first few hundred years of life. People want to give up their agency to you, and though it's oh so tempting to try to guide them well with my longer view, that's always a bad idea in the long run. People do best overall when they make their own choices after freely choosing which advice to listen to or reject from others. As an eldermother, I tend to see everyone as my descendants, and so I freely dish out advice to them which they are then free to ignore because I'm obviously too ancient to understand.
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