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monkeon writes, "People tend to seek things that back up already held beliefs, but what books, films, or real-life events have actually changed the way you think about a subject?"

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 14:27)
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Simple really. The real life event of getting old.
As a teenager I was a punk. The establishment needed to be brought down; the kids would do it. Later teenage years saw the split between the trendy 'Rock against Racism' faction which I subscribed to vs Skrewdriver, the 4 skins etc and a rise of right wing racist rock.

My 20's were characterised by endless study; my early 30s by a decision between working in an affluent town somewhere making a fortune or in a trauma centre in impoverished East London.

My 40s were accompanied by the realisation that there are a very few people right at the very top who have the overwhelming percentage of wealth; most of the millionaires we see (including the hated 'bankers') are all at the same level to them, much as we look at the third world and fail to see subtle distinctions between wealth bands.

I'm 53 in a fortnight. I look back and realise the majority of my life I've been a naive twat. I've tried to do what was right, made some money, helped where I could. And not one bit of it has made a rat's arse of difference in the long run.

TL;DR version: When I was young the world was full of old farts who knew nothing; now it's full of youngsters who won't listen.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 16:56, 13 replies)
shut up grandad

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 17:35, closed)
dude, strikes me you got the balance just right.

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 17:53, closed)
always go for the bigger paycheque
Morals and bloobloos don't pay the bills.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 18:11, closed)
Not to worry,
you'll be dead, soon.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 21:12, closed)
strikethrough, you just watch yourself, we're wanted men etc

(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:03, closed)
Alright son?

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 21:31, closed)
*waves* hi gramps.

(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 13:55, closed)
a few years behind you but hard to disagree tbh, and the pubs and clubs full of pesky kids :P
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 21:33, closed)
I'm about a decade behind you
but, yeah.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 21:42, closed)

Fuck bitches everybody else, get money.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:57, closed)
I wouldn't have classed the 4Skins as racist tbh.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2015, 16:25, closed)
Not the group innately, but I saw them live once and there was a bunch of 'oi' types throwing Nazi salutes etc. in the crowd.
Mind you, they were responsible for one of the greatest lyrics ever, which was going through my head whilst watching the debate on Thursday:
"You've never had it so good, the favourite cry of those who've always had it better"
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:44, closed)
A lot of bands had rightwing dickhead followings, including the Two Tone bunch.
Never seen the band, wish I had done.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 18:29, closed)

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