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At what age...

Discussion in 'Controversial Topic Discussion' started by Alma, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Alma

    Alma GRCH Dog

    Do you think a person begins to develop their own opinions? On such subjects as abortion or politics or spirituality? Also, at what age do you think a person is too old to change their opinions?

    With all the defined opinions on here, by people of all ages, the question begs to be asked.

    I, though opinionated, will and have changed my opinions on quite a few things and Im 40. I see kids as young at 10 at protests against the Government or Abortion.. are those kids opinions set in stone? Same with religion..I was brought up in a Catholic home, educated in the Catholic School system, was a practicing Catholic as a kid, yet am not one as an adult, yet I know others who were brought up that way and will NEVER question it and will never change.

  2. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    I do not know if there is such a thing as "an age". I began debating politics with my grandparents at around age 7... by the time I was 10 I was winning the debates and my mothers dad got so mad at me, that he told me i was just too young to understand and that when i got older I would realize he was right... never happened, if anything I lean more to the conservative economic and liberal social views than ever....
    both of my grandfathers were hard core democrats and big fans of FDR and anyone who knows me knows that I deplore the man and his politics...
    as I get older, I am more and more a constitutionalist and gaining an understanding of individual rights, I have changed my view on several social issues and have become more of a social liberal as a result.
  3. Alma

    Alma GRCH Dog

    So, to simplify, one is NEVER to old to change opinion? What about form an opinion? Do you think when opinions are formed young, they tend to be less opt to change.. ie religion or pro/anti choice?
  4. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    I know that the religous group you grew up affiliated with claims that if they have a child until age 7, they will always have that child as a member of their group... that may be true if they have a child who is actually a member of an avid participating family who does all that the group wants them to do in the way of attendance and training. I find however that there are many adults who were raised in that group that are no longer in that group... I do believe that while one may reject many of the legal teachings of their religous upbringing, they retain most of the principles of that group, and those principles do affect how they view most things, from economics to social issues and political leanings...
    It may not seem so, but in fact, many religous groups have different legalistic actions, but share many common principles...
  5. Alma

    Alma GRCH Dog

    That makes sense.. The reason I asked is because I was out smoking earlier and one of the other businesses in our business park have 3 Mobile homes and all three are used when their groups go to protest Abortion Centers. There were about 6 kids, all teenagers, out there cleaning them out from their last trip. As I watched these kids go about their business I couldnt help but wonder how they came to such a conclusion as such a young age.
  6. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    Your right Alma. I pretty much blindly supported abortions when I was a teenager. Now I do not. I don't think the government should have any say. But I no longer thing that they are so harmless.
  7. nothankyou

    nothankyou Big Dog

    I think we never really form our own opinion out of thin air, we either base our opinions on experiences or on other people's opinions which are also based either on ther experiences or other's opinions, and so on. And as we grow, our experiences grow, the group of people that we are affiliated grows, and so we change, alter our opinions on different topics.
    I think there is an age when one starts to ask questions, and based on the answer he gets and his/her understanding of the issue and where it falls on the bad/good scale (which is again different on one's upringing), he/she starts forming as what is commonly known an opinion.
  8. LittleMissE

    LittleMissE Little Dog

    I think that people can change there opinions at anytime....given the information that is needed to change there mind.
  9. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    You learn what you live.....
    Kids soak up what their parents teach them.....
    I won't go so far as to say brain-wash.....
    So I'll stand by the "you learn what you live" :lol:
  10. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Or they rebel.

    Me personally, I honestly don't think I rebelled; but I was always opinionated even at a young age.

    I grew up in a moderately conservative family; and I would say by late elementary school I had all the markings of a budding liberal.

    I remember being 8 or 9 and my mother was trying to tell my father I shouldn't be watching MASH because of Klinger and his dresses and I was like, "Oh mom, there is nothing wrong with men wearing women's clothing, you shouldn't be so judgemental". :D
  11. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I think I finally started forming mature, sensible opinions, probably once I hit my late 20's. Before that, I was probably obnoxious and thought everything I thought was right and the rest of the world was wrong. I finally learned to kiss that thought goodbye! :p
  12. Arrin

    Arrin Puppy

    I formed my own opinions on things like religion, politics, abortion, and other matters when I was about twelve, and I'm thirteen now.

    And no, I didn't "follow" my parents' opinions on these things, in fact, I believe almost the opposite on most of them. (e.g., I'm Atheist, they're Christians; I'm Pro-Choice, they're Pro-life, etc)

    As for when other people begin to form opinions on controversial things, I've seen that it definitely varies from person to person.

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