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Age moderates your view???

NeoCaesar

Registered Member
I was wondering how others felt about this. When I was younger I was very idealistic (and admittedly naive) and thought that I could make a difference. Time goes by and responsibilities demand that you try to fit in to a pre-prescribed peg and you adjust your ambitions accordingly. Before you know it you're working for a supermarket chain peddling mass marketed garbage to all and brandishing your discount card proudly. The extent of your ambition to make a change extents to tutting at the news and saying -'This country has gone to the dogs...'

Young people are the foot soldiers in the war against mediocrity and injustice -are they becoming complacent?
 

Unity

Living in Ikoria
Staff member
Great idea for a thread, Caesar!

I'm going to say that I don't think that young people are becoming complacent, because you see idealistic (and I use that term as a compliment) teens and younger adults participating in the political arena in a wide amount of ways; while complacency may be more visibly present during times of bigger happenings (such as the beginning of the War in Iraq, Vietnam, Elections, etc.), it is still very alive in protests, political campaigning, debate, etc. etc.

With adults and older adults, I personally don't see them becoming complacent, either. From experience with family members and older adults (my current internship for my Masters of Social Work degree is at a nursing care facility), I've met a wide array of individuals with a wide array of viewpoints, ways to participate, and knowledge of social ills.

I can't create a blanket statement that applies to all young adults and older adults. Complacency and the "putting away" of issues of social injustice do happen, in the case of the jaded worker or the mother of three children that doesn't have time to focus on this sort of thing. However, there will always be the opposite present as well - the older adult that follows politics and works at a polling place, the middle aged husband and wife that organize and attend protests, or the 18-year-old that campaigns for his/her favorite candidate.
 

Smelnick

Creeping On You
V.I.P.
When you're young and still in school, the only thing you really have to worry about is finishing your homework, and maintaining friendships. You have a lot more time to care about the injustices in the world. For myself, once I hit my late teens and graduation was looming, things like a job and further education started taking up that time. Now, struggling to make a living and keep food in my fridge is my foremost concentration. Yah, I really wanna make a difference, and I'm not neccesarily happy with the way my government is doing things, but right now I have to be happy with it because I have more important things to worry about.

So I would say that age does change your views somewhat. Maybe it doesn't change your viewpoint as much as it just changes your ability to pay attention to whats going on.
 

NeoCaesar

Registered Member
@Unity
While it's true people do participate in their own ways I think the general trend has been torwards apathy. People were far more pro-active in past generations. I find this alarming as we are at a period where change can happen very quickly and not being aware is very dangerous. We will sleepwalk into our graves.

@Smelnick
Life's responsibilities obviously take precedence but I think it is very convenient for governments and corporations to have us tied up like this. Perhaps the next revolution will occur in armchairs?
 

CaptainObvious

Embrace the Suck
V.I.P.
I don't think young people are becoming complacent at all. I think there are more young people involved in the political process even more so that say 20 years ago.

I would find it strange if your views didn't change as you got older, in some respects. I have to say though I was conservative when I was in elementary school and have remained as such. So those views have never changed, only affirmed actually.
 

Sim

Registered Member
Yes, quite a bit. Back in early high school years, I leaned much further to the left and even flirted with communist ideas.

But that soon vanished when I read more about history (especially the history of socialist revolution and East Bloc countries) and economy (although Smith, Hayek and Friedman didn't turn me into a rabid capitalist either :lol: ). Edmund Burke left me with a general skepticism against revolution of any kind.

In case you haven't noticed, I've become a radical Constitutionalist (by German standards) and believe individual freedom, civil and human rights and a democratic form of government are more important than anything else (including curing the bad sides of capitalist inequality).
 
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NeoCaesar

Registered Member
I read toilet graffiti today that read -"If your views haven't changed in the last 20 years then you really haven't lived the last 20 years."

I appreciate that change is not only inevitable but also desirable. My problem is that my views have been eroded. I should have been galvanised by the state of the world but I've just become a round peg in a square hole -nobody can see the round part, I just look like I'm square. #SOB# I'm not a square.
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
In my case it wasn't so much age as it was life experience. I was rather sheltered growing up and tended to believe whatever the leaders of the church I grew up in told me. Around my mid-20s I figured out how to think for myself and that changed everything.
 

NeoCaesar

Registered Member
In my case it wasn't so much age as it was life experience. I was rather sheltered growing up and tended to believe whatever the leaders of the church I grew up in told me. Around my mid-20s I figured out how to think for myself and that changed everything.
Yes, but how did it go from there? I won't be rude and ask you how old you are... :) But a lot of life happens from 20-something onwards. Once you get to an opinion about life how hard is it to keep it?
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
Yes, but how did it go from there? I won't be rude and ask you how old you are... :) But a lot of life happens from 20-something onwards. Once you get to an opinion about life how hard is it to keep it?
It's ok. I'm 42, it's public knowledge. I didn't really have my own opinion of life back then, my views were entirely dictated by my family and our church, and I was very conservative and closed-minded. As I was learning how to think for myself and formulate my own opinions, I moved to the opposite end of the spectrum both politically and socially, while also learning how to be tolerant of other points of view. It's the tolerance that has come with age rather than moderating my views.
 
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