Saturday, May 09, 2009

Change


Most of you who have reading this blog over the years have seen a few instances where I’ve totally changed my mind on certain topics. I really respect those who are able to change their minds and admit it.

My father-in-Law is an opinionated old guy. He is inflexible and set in his ways on just about every topic we have ever discussed. I’ve had enough conversations with him that I know the exact what he will say and when he will say it. I know the exact words and phrases he will use.

He has been a life-long conservative. He is always talking about repealing taxes, making government smaller and complaining about people that are on the dole and corporations that are on the dole as well. This guy could make Rush and Lars look like liberal pussies.

He just returned from a trip to Sweden where he came to an unlikely realization. He said that he had been wrong about politics all his life and if anyone doesn’t believe that Socialism actually works they should visit Sweden.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Auntie said...

I think we need to get together a small group and take a field trip to check it out. LOL

6:35 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

(I may have noted this quotation before.)
“Why should I try to have the same opinion today that I had six weeks ago? That would make me the slave of my own judgment.” Stendhal
I admire those who have the courage and wisdom to change their minds.

6:51 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Kudos to him for being able to admit that he may have been wrong. However, I think that sweden is the only place that socialism would work. They are mellow enough people that it doesn't take the nasty turn into fascism and they are not so paranoid that it will turn into communism. Swedes tend to be tolerant and strong willed folk. Americans, as a whole, tend to be none of the above. I don't thin it would work here, in my humble opinion.

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Auntie, you payin?

Beth, there is something cathartic about change.

Darev, the demographics of the US can kill any good idea.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'can do' attitude of the Swedes I've met suggests there isn't much they couldn't pull off once they set their minds to it. They have too much pride to ever allow themselves to milk the system. In America it seems like everything has become a scam. Banks & financials, energy companies, insurance even consumer goods. The trend is; buy a good name and cash in on it by abandoning the principles that made it great in the first place. Sacrifice the long term for quick money. We have found the place where that road leads. We could learn a lot from the Swedes.

8:16 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Somehow, if we can train nearly every American that we should use fewer natural resources and think about what they consume, which it seems we have done, we should be able to train them not to be so greedy.

10:43 AM  

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