They used to say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Turns out you can.
The human brain can always be altered and changed with enough determination and effort.
They used to say that a child was born like a blank slate. Now, they know our genes control just about everything in us, but it depends on what our environment triggers in our genes.
They used to deem homosexuality a mental health disorder, now they know it's not.
There are certain words that used to be common but are now considered highly problematic and/or racist, sexist, ablest or otherwise discriminatory and derogatory – most people know which not to use, some just refuse to be kind, considerate and do the right thing, some claiming that they’ve ‘always used these terms’ and thus refusing to acknowledge the changing world and global awareness growth (call it woke, political correctness or common sense, call it what you like, just don't be an asshat!).
Being open-minded and change according to current times will cost you nothing but will have a big price for those who are hurt by ignorance and close-mindedness.
Don't ever presume and don't ever stop asking questions or apply critical thinking and do stay open minded. But, be wary of conspiracy theories as that's a whole different kettle of fish, linked to fear of uncertainty and a sense of lacking control. And, therefore, conspiracists often need more compassion than scorn.
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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