Commentary: Open your minds, America –

Commentary: Open your minds, America –

Just read some thoughts about the debate about health care at the link above, and I have to say, I don’t think the scope is limited to the health care debate.  I am reminded about arguments even within my extended family (so far, the immediate family seems pretty unanimous — but then, we haven’t discussed everything) of the recent political past.

On the other hand, I also remember eavesdropping on the “my country right or wrong” arguments between my mother and great-grandfather back in the ’80s.

What do you think? Was there a time in our collective past when it was not so terrible to consciously change one’s mind on an important and meaningful topic? If we’ve lost that ability (if we even ever had it…), how can we get it back?

We need it, don’t we?

2 thoughts on “Commentary: Open your minds, America –”

  1. CN Heidelberg

    Good article.
    I seem to remember growing up that my parents thought changing your mind was quite reasonable, but I don’t know if that was the norm.
    There are some cases of mind-changing that are touted as good – when you change your mind from one side to another and then serve as an example for the new side of someone who converted (as if they were evangelized). Example (the only one I can think of off the top of my head right now) – former insurance company employee who felt guilty about what he saw the company do and quit and came out against them in the health care debate.

  2. G

    I have actively and thoroughly changed a great many of my social and economic opinions in the last 30+ years. I only wish my brother hadn’t changed his in the opposition direction! I think the real change is the absolute bias and hatred spewed forth in the media and social acceptance of it- I think it’s been a long time since it was as bad as I see now. Although, you should know, it’s far worse in Eastern Europe. I’m just saddened by what I see in America now.

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