Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"It seems 'bizarre' to me to insist that everyone must world without end, cling to the beliefs of their childhood or to the passions of their young man or womanhood. Thoughtful, intelligent people are entitled to change ideological positions as they grow older and (possibly) wiser. That their former co-religionists will call this "selling out" is a predictable consequence of such changes. So is the fact that new loyalties and friendships will inevitably result from the embrace of radically revised ideological stances. Since we are dealing with human beings, the possibility that a change in belief may be cynically dictated cannot be dismissed. On the other hand, we cannot ignore the equally real possibility that we may also be looking at growth, a coming to maturity." - Richard Schickel


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