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April 15, 2018

When Was The Last Time You Changed Your Mind About Something?

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had an odd conversation last night, and it piqued my interest in why the person was so confident of her position in spite of very little data to back it up and even less personal experience.

Yes, of course, she is a Northeastern liberal. Duh. And her position? America has become more racist.

But that's not the point. What intrigued me was how seldom people change their minds. I could cite chapter and verse that America and Americans are probably the least racist country and people on earth, but it wouldn't have mattered much.

The last time I changed my mind was about Bibi Netanyahu. My initial and longstanding opinion of him was glowingly positive, but Moron Nevergiveup was tenacious and convincing in his argument that Bibi is mostly talk and is not the paragon of Israeli strength and determination that I assumed.

How about you? When were you persuaded that your initial opinion -- of anything -- was simply incorrect?

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