Quote (xXAn0nym0usXx @ Jul 2 2012 04:58pm)
That's also about the same age where the teenager does the exact opposite of what his parents say or do...might have something to do with it.
If this was true then I should've been a gay-hating, racist conservative in my teens. Oops, I guess I forgot.
“I started reflecting on a lot of what I wrote, just thinking about what I had said and what I had done and started reading a lot of other stuff, and not just political stuff,” Krohn said. “I started getting into philosophy — Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Kant and lots of other German philosophers. And then into present philosophers — Saul Kripke, David Chalmers. It was really reading philosophy that didn’t have anything to do with politics that gave me a breather and made me realize that a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn’t meaningful. It wasn’t me thinking. It was just me saying things I had heard so long from people I thought were interesting and just came to believe for some reason, without really understanding it. I understood it enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it.”
I think he makes a very strong point on the bolded. Much of what I hear (and obviously I'm biased) from the average conservative is about things like preserving freedom and getting rid of socialism. Well, what exactly do those mean? Is allowing gays to marry more freedom or less freedom? And why is the word socialism bad? We have things like Medicare and Social
Security but those aren't bad things according to conservatives. Our roads are socialist, but I don't see conservatives complain about that.