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Even if we assume that data show that there is a trend toward increasing conservatism with age, such data would apply to groups of people and not necessarily to any particular individual. There are always outliers, so we should expect that some people might actually become more liberal and others might not change at all. And that brings me to the questions I'm looking at here:
- Have I become more conservative with age?
- If so, why?
I suppose it would not make much sense if I were to become significantly more conservative with age. After all, I seem to be an exception to most of the explanations for why this trend is supposed to happen. The difference between what I earn now and what I earned 5 years ago (even 10 years ago) is minimal. Same for what I own now vs. then. I'm not any worse off than I was 10 years ago, but I'm really not any better off either. I have no dependents and no desire to see that change. That has been stable, so I don't see that being a factor. Overall, I don't have any more to protect today than I did 10 years ago. If anything, I have less to lose now than I did back then in the sense that I had less job security 10 years ago. Moreover, I think I may have more of an interest in seeing radical changes to the system today than would have been the case 10 years ago.
While I did not include it above, I have heard some people suggest that religion could be another factor. If people become more religious with age, perhaps this drives a shift toward greater conservatism. I can't say that I feel any closer to embracing religion today than I did 10 or 20 years ago. Actually, I'd have to say that the odds of me embracing religion now seem quite a bit lower than they did 20 years ago.
How about you? Do you feel like you have become more conservative with age?
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