Change Your Mind
"Strong opinions, weakly held" - Paul Saffro
18 year-old Jeff was a pain in the ass. He loved Bill O'Reilly and making fun of "hippie liberals."
21-year-old Jeff was even worse. He had just finished Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand had all of the answers and government just needed to get out of the way.
A single conversation led me to ditch my libertarian beliefs. I was arguing for a flat tax, and my cousin told me to look up "marginal propensity to consume."
I researched it for the next four hours. After I emerged from my Wikipedia rabbit hole, I realized my old beliefs no longer held up. (Thanks Mark!)
I do this all the time. If I were a politician I'd be accused of flip-flopping. Why do we applaud people for holding the same viewpoint forever?
When was the last time you changed your mind on something?