I've been giving some thought lately to what makes people change their mind.
What makes us hold firm to some convictions/ beliefs/ opinions/ preferences and allow others to be more tentative or malleable?
Whether it be religious conversion, relationship splits or a dramatic shift in political views, I'm always curious when someone I know makes a distinct turnaround in what they believe or how they behave.
As an educator I often wonder about the degree to which new information does or does not influence my students' world views.
Then, bringing it closer to home I ask myself what part of my own values, beliefs, ideas I insist on as CORE TRUTHS for my life and which are merely a product of what I've learned/experienced so far but open to possible shifts in the future? What do I want to hold on firmly to no matter what? What am I willing to keep more open about? How do I decide?
There is so much talk of "situational ethics", of right and wrong being relative. What do I believe is RIGHT or WRONG no matter what? Where do those beliefs come from? In what ways do those beliefs serve me and in what ways may they limit me?
When it comes to an individual's "personality", what aspects of how they experience and express themselves do I expect to remain constant and what parts are continually evolving?
When making plans or promises or commitments, how far do the circumstances have to shift before is feels acceptable to break them?
Yeah...these are the things I think of at night when my brain goes round and round...