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October 28th, 2008

(no subject) @ 09:31 pm

Weird Japanese food I'm eating tonight: a chocolate-covered blackcurrant and acerola (I think) ice cream bar.
Weird thought I had while trudging up the hill to my house: is there some kind of biological reason for why people get more conservative as they get older? i.e. something in human biochemistry changes as we get older to make our thought patterns change?
 
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From:mzsa
Date:October 28th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking about this alot lately, especially since I had Orion. I think that the same way a well-traveled path will leave a groove in the ground, so do familiar thought patterns. so much so that it is extremely difficult to break out of them. I have found that while I am much more self-assured and confident than I was before, I'm also much less flexible. I'm not sure I like this trend.
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From:anda
Date:October 28th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Yep - I think that this is about it.
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From:savia
Date:October 28th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I don't think so. This is because not everyone gets more conservative as they get older. Some people get more liberal, some people stay liberal, some people stay moderate, etc. I don't think this is an essential part of human nature. I do think, however, that it's possible for people to revert to what they believed in childhood; that is, what their own parents taught them. And as msza says, I think that's more to do with familiar thought patterns (i.e. as our brain deteriorates with old age, we revert back to childhood, old memories, etc) than any kind of essential conservative gene that kicks in, because for some people that could mean being very liberal or whatever.




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From:vvvexation
Date:October 28th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Remember that as the times change, today's liberal can become tomorrow's conservative without having changed any of their actual beliefs.
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From:amaninthemoon
Date:November 11th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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Easy answer for the financial side of conservatism:

The older you are, the more money you make and the more financially stable you are. Typically, anyway.

Thus, you become a lot less interested in paying for social programs with your taxes. You no longer wish to be coddled, and can't quite see why you should pay for others to be.

As for social issues:

I don't know. I'm just as socially liberal as I ever was. Maybe people pick up more religion as they get older, and religion is famous for extreme social conservatism. Plus, if you have kids, you suddenly feel a lot less inclined towards total social freedom and the clear dangers it holds for them. :)

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