A long time ago, seems like forever, I used to get new ideas. At lunch a group of friends would sit together and talk about whatever came up. I was quite Liberal then, and so were my friends. But we did not agree on many things. Flag burning, to me was to incite anger, not promote an idea, but my friend thought it was a message that a symbol should not dictate behavior.
We would contemplate “What If's” and often get annoyed at each others intransigence on the subject, but we went back to work and our minds worked on solutions while we did our job. The next day we would modify our positions based on what our Psyche had concluded.
I belonged to a weekly book club. We would go to each others houses and discuss a chosen book. What was the author trying to say? Did he present it skillfully in a character. How did that relate to our own lives. Since we were men and women, it would get quite lively, and demonstrate how the same incident changed with our unique perspective. There was 8 of us and 8 meanings occasionally were presented.
Life was very complex then.
On Sunday, the Reverend would talk about God's plan for us as revealed in scripture. Sometimes this would conflict with my lifestyle. I liked to party on Saturday nights and sometimes get drunk and go to bed with a strange girl. As I would listen to what others thought God wanted me to do, I couldn't help buy think; “If God didn't want me to sin, why did he make it so much fun?”
And that was my life. Ever changing ideas made life interesting. Sometimes I would take a class at the Community College, to learn about Small Business Management or something. Being my own boss was a goal, a dream for when I got older.
Personal Computers came on the scene. I thought it was great. I could meet girl's on MATCH.com, and my love life really improved. Of course there were bad incidents and disappointments, but all in all it was good. I discovered chat rooms, and it was better than the lunch discussions or book club. On Line, I could talk to many more people, and didn't have to face them the next day, if I chose not to. Just don't log in or go to another group.
Soon I found that I didn't have to change my opinion! I could find evidence to destroy an opposing point of view, right there on GOOGLE. I just kept getting smarter and smarter. Before long, I was the KING of my chosen Web Sites, and could destroy anybody who dared to question my Ideas and beliefs! I knew everything there is to know. I controlled the world from my Lap Top.
I realized I was smarter than those fools on the Nightly News, and especially those Idiots in Government who couldn't see as clearly as I could, right from wrong. How could they let people starve, or go without medical care? I had to do something about it! So I found where the nearest group that believed as I did was demonstrating and joined them.
How good it felt, to put my beliefs into ACTION! I even got to throw a bottle at a bunch of Cops. I HAD ALL OF LIFE”S ANSWER'S.
But when I think back on the old days, I realize I haven't had any new ideas lately.