In New Zealand, it is time for the local body elections, and in preparation for this there are big signs everywhere promoting this candidate or that. Personally I am not very interested in the local body elections. I know nothing about the candidates and I am not very motivated to find out. I would go as far to say that I may not bother to vote at all. However, that all changed when my son asked me about it in the car last night. He asked me how to vote and I explained about the postal vote. He sounded concerned and wanted details, leading me to conclude that he thought he would be voting. I gently explained that you had to be eighteen years old to vote but he could help me choose if he wanted to. It struck me that my eight year old son was more aware of being and acting like a citizen than I was. I resolved to find out more and make an informed vote. While we waited at the traffic lights we talked about the different people bidding for our vote. There seem to be two main candidates (based on the size and amount of their signs). One a woman and the other a man. I will see if I can get photos later. Based on these photos alone my son chose his favorite. It was the man. I asked him why and he said it was because he looked smart. The man was older, bald and wore glasses. I thought to myself, does the man look smart because he is wearing glasses? It that what an eight old thinks smart looks like. I asked him and he said this. “Smart people know what smart people look like…. And I am very smart”. (Secret laughter inside my head). It got me thinking because I just don’t believe you can tell how smart someone is based on their appearance. Food for thought.
What is your opinion? Can you tell how smart a person is based on how they look? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks!