The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 February 2004

Intellectual flexibility

This is something Lileks said, but I wanted a copy of it here as a reminder to — well, me.

When you are presented with new facts that blast apart your old beloved precepts, you either reexamine what you believe, or you hammer the new round pegs into old square holes. We all know people who refuse to revise their past, who've fixed their identity in a Golden Age and resist any attempts to revise their judgments. They’re stuck in a world where Hotel California is a bitchin' album and WKRP is classic TV and vans with airbrushed scenes of surfer girls are the apotheosis of automotive art and there was this one Saturday Night Live skit where Reagan like totally lost it and went all mental, and . . . those were the days, dude.

Fine, whatever. This much is true: when you're 50, holding on to the details of your 20-something convictions is like being 40 and trusting the insights you had when you were ten.

In view of the above, I believe it is a Good Thing that I was not blogging in the middle Seventies, or even keeping a handwritten journal: much of what I said, what I did, in those days would be unrecognizable at best and indefensible in any case.

Posted at 7:36 AM to Almost Yogurt


Which is why the sum total of my commentary on the Kerry-and-Fonda-sitting-in-a-tree meme was to post a photoshopped version of the smoking-gun pic, with Dubya sitting much closer to Jane than Kerry was.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:39 AM on 13 February 2004

I know I'm lacking perspective being in my mid-20s, but I'm fascinated by this whole "you will be (more) conservative when you finally grow up" thing.

I'm not saying my views and priorities won't change. I already think some things I didn't think I'd think before (follow that?).

It's just interesting is all.

Posted by: Erica at 10:03 PM on 15 February 2004