In Reply to: leaving and changing posted by Not brainy but smart on March 07, 2003 at 17:10:30:
Curious. I was pretty liberal even before joining and I felt that The Family was trying to convert me into a conservative of sorts. Their ideologies were crazy but at the core there were very conservative and inflexible dogmatic doctrines. Right now I cannot say I am conservative because I am also very liberal on many things. Likewise, I cannot say I am liberal because I am very conservative on other aspects. There is a difficult balancing act because children can pick up very quickly when their parents say one thing but do another. I salute you for having been able to find a solid place for your ideology and at the same time being a parent of so many children.
So, answering your question: "how did you form your opinions once your mind was loosened of the control previously in place?"
I learned not to believe everything I hear or read. I learned that I need to check not only the sources but the intentions of the source. I learned to be skeptical. I learned that through my experience in the family, and it has served me well when I went back to college and I had assignments to write.
I think it is also helping me now as things unfold. There is so much misinformation in the news that to accept it without questioning as most of the press and some of the public has done seems to me cult-like braiwashing.