the experience of changing one's mind

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Please describe a time that you changed your opinion about something or someone? How did it happen? what moved you to another opinion about the thing?

I will submit my entry at a later time.
 
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i used to hate pit-bulls and aggressive breeds of dogs. the reason is largely experience. i grew up in a relatively poor neighborhood and often you'd see those dogs running around loose.

once i was harrased by a large white german shepard type dog as a kid. my mom asked me to deliver some cookies to a neighbor as a gift. i ended up using the bag of cookies to keep the dog from biting me. they were crumbs by the time they arrived. a neighbor lady came out and kept me from getting bit as well and she was bit on the butt by the dog.

once i was playing "hide and go seek" with my brother and running around my house and jumped our fence dividing our front yard from our rear yard. i heard a noise and the next ting i knew a pit-bull had latched on to my butt. i fell back on him and managed to free his grip.

a year or so later that same pit bull got out and mauled a younger child's arm while the kid just just screamed.

a few years ago my brother was attacked by two huge rottweilers while he was jogging. in all of these cases the owners were unrepentant.

so this is where i was with dogs....then the change....


i'm hiking in the mountains in hawaii and i got somewhat lost, i found a way out and i'm near large highway with cars racing around the corner. as they come around the corner, they are swerving because there is a dog walking in the road. a pit-bull mix.


i'm not wanting to get bit but i'm also not wanting to see this dog get killed. i whistled at her and called her to me. she came to me with tail between its legs. i grabbed its collar and walked it to the side, off the road. i'm beat, just did a several hour hike and know i have this dog to content with. i looked at its collar and saw it had a number and a gps device; it was a boar hunting dog. yes they do that here.

i called the number and it's a disconnected number. finally i wave down a hippie couple who lets me and the dog ride in the back of their pick-up and they take us to the humane society. i drop the dog off and tell them to call me if the owner does not show or if they can't find anyone to take her. they never called.

it was a sweet dog and was never aggressive with me. it seemed to like me and gathered that i wanted to help it.

this is how my opnion changed about "aggressive dogs". i don't hate them. theyre just animals who got what they got honestly (be it a sh*tty owner or what have you).
 
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I used to think it was best to shower (every other day) at night when I was working a 9-5 job, but since retired, I don't seem to have the energy to at night, so the morning it is. Unless we are at Camp Florida in the RV, in which case I never do (except for washing hair), when using the pool daily! :D

I even take a break between showering & shaving (i.e. lying in bed a few minutes) nowadays. :redface:

Personally....showering is based on sex.

No matter what before sleep....but in the morning if things look god as well.
 
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You'll just may have some explaining to do when you meet your maker. :eek:
You mean his mom and dad?

Why would ANYONE talk about a rusty trombone with their parents...seems a bit strange to me.

Besides, Colonel Angus is a far better musician....much better than roses on a piano would be tulips on an organ.
 
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as an adolescent, I was really into blondes. wanted a blonde girlfriend, etc. then when I was a junior, I dated a blonde cheerleader from our schools football competitor. anyways I thought she was a kind of a mean cold fish. we stopped seeing each other and my fascination with blondes eventually faded and I only dated brunettes after her. it was not a conscious decision, just happened.

:rolleyes:
 
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I had never been attracted to blondes as a general rule...always redheads and brunettes.


Then....I met my wife.....game over.
 
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changed belief #3

I used to think gays were kind of gross and sinful in their attraction to same genders. I imagine I was taught this.

Then I inadvertently worked with and befriended a few and realized I was wrong. I also learned that a childhood friend was gay and killed himself later in life.

I now see it as a biological and/or developmental issue mostly. I have known gays who were that way from their first attraction to another person and those who "became" that way due to trauma, etc.

Whatever the case, I now feel that it is not my place to judge them.
 
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changed belief #3

I used to think gays were kind of gross and sinful in their attraction to same genders. I imagine I was taught this.

Then I inadvertently worked with and befriended a few and realized I was wrong. I also learned that a childhood friend was gay and killed himself later in life.

I now see it as a biological and/or developmental issue mostly. I have known gays who were that way from their first attraction to another person and those who "became" that way due to trauma, etc.

Whatever the case, I now feel that it is not my place to judge them.
You didn't think of the suicide as some kind of indicator? :unsure:
 

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