To confirmation/internet stuff, that's a problem media wide and I was in publishing many years so I'm real aware of this. In fact one of my last potential jobs that I declined was a position to destroy jobs by finding new, more efficient ways of getting info (I had previously been selected and worked as the prototype for investigating that--this was for implementing it). But I couldn't see myself being happy by destroying the livelihoods of others so I just left. (While investigating I was thinking in apparently a non administrative fashion that this would enhance our abilities, not destroy our numbers.) And after I left--I did stay in touch for a while so I know what happened--that whole thing that I used to be so proud to be part of turned to crap. A lot of people trying to hold on got hurt. Even those fucking their colleagues and fucking their underlings got fucked. I did not want to be a part of that.
Part of the media problem is
budgeting and that everyone is using the same damned information be it correct or bullshit. Newspapers have combined while staffing has been decimated and the independent "news" has become a mine field of the untrained plus all the political bullshit. It's even difficult for a careful, dare I say, analytical mind to sort through it. Someone who puts in no effort, be they kids from Schenectady or adults from southbeach can be lost to the whims of propaganda.
Even without those forces at play, I'd imagine that someone intellectually lazy earlier in life tends similar later. The kids who cheated earlier in life are the adults who cheat later. The kids who lied or who were more honest remain themselves as well. Stripes don't change to spots. Or does anyone here think the likes of southbeach or shitcal or that new fuckface weren't also a douchebags as kids?
I'm still either friends or friendly with many who I grew up with, people in my life for more than 50 years, and it's real obvious to all of us that when we are together the dynamics are just as they have always been. I'm still an overly reflective moody fuck, the guy who was anal retentive as a kid still can't get a stick out of his ass, the guy who sold everyone firecrackers and later pot did the best in business as an adult. We are who we are as we are who we were. Those patterns set very early.
Is there some varying along the way, of course. But even at that I think people not only come back to themselves, but each time looking back with their eyes wider. That can help or hurt ya, especially in our oldest years when even those who were not reflective throughout life are forced to review.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_age
According to Erik Erikson’s "Stages of Psychosocial Development”, the human personality is developed in a series of eight stages that take place from the time of birth and continue on throughout an individual’s complete life. He characterises old age as a period of "Integrity vs. Despair", during which a person focuses on reflecting back on his life. Those who are unsuccessful during this phase will feel that their life has been wasted and will experience many regrets. The individual will be left with feelings of bitterness and despair. Those who feel proud of their accomplishments will feel a sense of integrity. Successfully completing this phase means looking back with few regrets and a general feeling of satisfaction. These individuals will attain wisdom, even when confronting death
Interestingly (to me at least, some of you won't like it) we see at that stage of development, when most people see themselves for who they truly are, be they satisfied with themselves, with how they treated others, with how they lived their lives or be they regretful of their thoughts and deeds, that here they trend liberal.http://www.gallup.com/poll/172439/party-identification-varies-widely-across-age-spectrum.aspx
So to the maturity comment, I'd not confuse maturity with the selfishness of a stage in life where people are accumulating just for themselves. Because as we reach our later years, as we mature further, we stop being so concerned for ourselves, for our lives which are coming to an end, and we start being more empathically concerned for the lives of others who will continue living after we are gone.
Thus youth feels the Bern.
To the idiots who think that socialistic democracy means being lazy in industry, should ever you pull your heads out of Ayn's Ass, you might notice that even at his age Bernie still loves working.