Comment 62533

By Kiely (registered) | Posted April 20, 2011 at 21:39:48

I'm curious, and I think it's related to your search, if anyone can give us a sense of how long it takes to change one's mind on an issue. For me, it's usually measured in decades but perhaps it's just a case of the old witticism:

If you aren't a communist at 20, you have no heart, if you aren't a capitalist at 40, you have no head.

Hey Bob!

I don't know if anyone can answer that for you. I think you're on the right track by simply acknowledging your own change. It will be different for all of us.

I can only do the same. In my case the witticism is more accurate in reverse. I have had some profound experiences over the past 10 years. I don't mean profound in an "Oooh I'm so profound" way, but to me personally they were. I would hope we have all had those experiences. Anyway, those experiences have radically changed what I believe and understand about the world we live in.

But if people don't have those experiences. If they grow up uneducated in homogenous and indoctrinated communities they can die ignorant… or worse.

I would also change that witticism to "...if you aren't a capitalist by 40, you have no survival instinct." For a lot of people that is the reality.

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