2017-07-28 00:28:17 ET

i remember back when i first joined SK - when i still fit myself into the whole ridiculous "subculture" ideal, since i hadn't yet realized that i was just as much a part of the entire human race as everyone else was - this political compass quiz was getting posted around the site for a time, probably around the same time the quiz first surfaced on the internet. i remember back then, when i took it, my dot landed literally smack dab in the center of the grid.

i just took it again now for shits and giggles, as i noticed it hopping around elsewhere on the net again. figured it'd be entertaining to do so. and, much to my not-surprise, it turns out 15 odd years of actually moving and living around the country a bit while becoming a lot more informed, and actually experiencing, well, life, has moved my dot to a more reasonable position:

curiously i'm an infinitely more stable person now than i was then as well. funny how that works.

2017-07-28 13:48:21 ET

It's funny that you appear more extreme now (acc'd to this) but feel a lot more stable.
Maybe cause you feel more sound conviction in your views than you used to? The whole don't-give-a-fuck attitude that comes with age and experience?

Either way, interesting observation!

2017-08-02 13:47:02 ET

honestly, i find it's just a combination of experience, research, and the combined education of both. when looking at the vast majority of societal and economic issues from a truly solution-driven standpoint, and properly researching and understanding the underlying psychology, science, facts, and history of all of these problems, the proven solution the vast majority of the time lies under what is considered the significantly left/progressive end of the spectrum. i just think many folks today, thanks in part to rampant misinformation and general propaganda perpetuated by much of our corporate media sources who don't report on things objectively or factually anymore, have a rather skewed view of left-vs-right in general, both presently and in a historical context, and see a lot of ideas as extremist that really aren't when you understand how they actually work, the history, and the true principles behind them.

so i would say, sure, there's a certain sense of don't-give-a-fuck attitude that comes along with this experience and education, but the only reason that exists (beyond just my personal passion to work towards bettering life in general and the world around me) is because i know my progressive stances, largely considered leftist by society, are actually well researched and founded in real solutions backed up by history, science, and all of the hard facts, generally speaking. since i first joined SK i've experienced life in a wide variety of places, in a wide variety of circumstances. from that experience, as well as taking a lot more time to dig well beneath the surface of ideas to look at what works vs what doesn't / what's healthy vs what isn't from an honest and results-driven standpoint, i've learned a lot more about both myself and society, economically and psychologically, than i had any inkling of when i was once at the center of this graph, and i've also been made increasingly aware of what i do not know or understand where i used to just be presumptuous, which i feel a lot of so-called centrists and right-wingers in present-day society still are, even if they don't realize it.

in sum, i'm largely more stable and grounded in life and in myself because the actual solutions to fixing most of the problems i have experienced and researched, both with myself and my own perspective, as well as society in general, are 100% "leftist/progressive/hippie" solutions and this is a really uncontested position to have if one actually looks at the facts throughout history instead of just modern-day propaganda and revisionist history. that's probably why, in every poll that's been done recently on actual policy ideas, roughly 80% of the country leans progressive/left on virtually every policy out there, whether they realize it or not, when they polled about said policy in a way that doesn't paint it as aligning with a particular political agenda, but instead just asks the question based on the facts of what the policy does and entails.

if you take the time to explain the facts of what progressive policies do and have done historically to just about anyone, it's difficult to understand how anyone could still be purposefully naive enough to have any other position.

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