Instead of seven entirely "random or weird" facts about myself, here are seven ideas or beliefs that I have held at some point but do not hold anymore. Weird they are, "random" - I don't know. I turned 30 this year, and at some age I have thought that
- women are best suited for staying at home and minding kids, and that seeking a career outside the home is an expression of selfishness
- Nelson Mandela was a terrorist
- the theory of evolution is about the accumulation of advantageous traits from one generation to the next, and that this theory is ridiculous and makes no sense*
- "whites" and "blacks" are probably better off living in separate areas and developing their different cultures without mutual interference
- homosexuality is a sort of curse probably rightfully earned by those smitten with it
- the European Union just might have something to do with the rise of the Antichrist
Also, thinking about the amount of effort, and reading, and discussion, and embarrassment it took to transition from these assumptions to my current ones, it seems a little sad that children are born knowing nothing, that every person needs to start from scratch anyway.
At least we aren't born with ingrained misconceptions of the kind listed above. That's something.
The magnitude of the shift of my ideas invites the question what a list of my current notions will look like in the light of another fifteen years. It's one of the thoughts that makes public writing uncomfortable and underlies an urge to delete entries, discontinue blogs, and definitely keep everything anonymous. Yet, public articulation of one's ideas and trying out arguments against others' is precisely what is needed in order not to get too comfortable with possibly poorly justified beliefs.
This seems a rather random (eh) response to a "7 things meme." I'm preoccupied with this just now because we're having a "diversity training" in January, and I'm dreading it. I hope we won't be asked to dig around in our childhood to unearth our identity there. I have to believe that it is possible to do better than that.
That's one reason why I am a teacher.
*At least there was something to the impatience with Lamarckian explanations. There's that.