With age, wisdom?
In the comments section of my recent post about the direction of political change, neuroconservative asked:
I wonder what you (and the other neos here) think your younger self would have made of your older self? More broadly, how do you imagine that thinking liberals encode the fact that neo-cons exist but neo-libs don't? This is hard for me to answer, since I have always been conservative.
Interesting question, I think. My guess is that my younger self would have ascribed it to a phenomenon I’d always heard about—that of people in general growing more conservative as they grow older. As a young person, I probably would not have thought much about why such a thing might occur. I probably would have thought it to be some sort of natural phenomenon, like getting wrinkles or gray hair or sagginess or all those other signs of fusty old age that of course were never, never, ever going to happen to me.
The fact that one might actually grow wiser with age, or might increase one's store of information about history and human nature and what it all means, would probably have been a somewhat alien concept to me at the time. Sad, but true.