As you grow older

On a more poetic note, I remember one from John Denver’s first album that I liked when I was about 14, but it makes more sense the older I get:

To grow old is to change
To change is to be new
To be new is to be young again
I barely remember when…

I don’t know that everyone changes…sometimes just parts of our views change. I’ve always been rather socially liberal but economically moderate. What I have noted is that others around me have redefined my views as flaming liberal or radical left. I’m neither but I tend to be labeled that way. If society shifts to one side or the other but an individual has not, then what? :hugs:

1 Like

Generally, I consider myself a compassionate conservative. I’m more interested in fairness than politics.

I think it goes sort of like this…

When you’re young, you get your information from entertainers rather than “authority figures”.
Entertainers are exciting and pretty and have a way with words.
Authority figures are slow and cautious and boring and who has time (or the inclination) to sit and parse through the reasons behind the “no”?

Then life happens, and you meet lots of people and see lots of things, and come to the realization that entertainers, while still very exciting and pretty, live in a bubble far removed from real people.

1 Like

It depends on the issue. I’ve become more conservative where voting for tax issues (it’s a lot easier to vote for taxes to increase when you are young and single and not the one having to pay the extra taxes).

As I get older, my body is getting more cranky, I find I’m getting more moody, and generally more conservative politically. I don’t go in so much for political identity as for fundamental fairness.

I have observed that we need much more balance in our society and culture.

1 Like

I do not have the experience to answer this, as I am young myself. I think that as people settle down, buy a house, and have the money to do things they want to do, they are much more likely to be less radical and are more likely to support limited government than those who are young and want to squeeze as much out of the government as possible - especially when more left leaning governments promise things such as free education for university students.

I myself am a supporter of the New Zealand National Party - which is the main conservative party in my country. Most people my age support the New Zealand Labour Party, which is a very liberal - in many ways socialist leaning party. The Labour Party was elected in 2017 after 9 years of a conservative National Party government and they promised students a year of free university education. I’m not drawn in by that, but I can see why some people might be.

There’s a poster on another forum who lives in New Zealand. The so-called “free” health care they’ve been promised has resulted in the government deciding who gets treated and has it paid for, and who doesn’t. Those who get rejected have to sue to get the same health benefits others receive without any hassle.

my politics have drifted somewhat over the years, but not a lot.

I would have been one of the swing votes at the Constitutional Convention, and still would.

I’m still on the straight line between Jefferson and Hamilton, but I’ve moved towards Hamilton on the line . . .

That’s interesting. I’ve always preferred Jefferson over Hamilton but I find myself drifting towards John Adams.

Jefferson and Hamilton were the two ideological poles, anti-Federalist and Federalist.

I’ve always identified as an anti-Federalist, but have reluctantly been granting more and more of Hamilton’s position as I’ve grown older.

Adams was in Hamilton’s intellectual camp.

1 Like

This topic was automatically closed 14 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.