I was having lunch with some friends on Saturday and an interesting conversation got going about how some of our lives follow the same general structure in most areas and some don’t.
For instance, one of our friends is a straight, married, relatively well-off contractor. He drives a pickup truck, owns a nice home, votes republican, believes in George W. and in all ways of his life he is very consistent in his views, what he buys, how he lives, what opinions he holds, etc. (we still love him anyway )
Another of our group votes libertarian and contributes to Greenpeace, but has a big family, so drives a big, honkin’ SUV. She buys organic vegetables, but cares not where her beef, chicken and fish come from - and cares not a bit about GMO’s. She is against the coming war in Iraq, but supported our attacks in Afghanistan.
Me personally? I’m a left-wing liberal gay-boy. Who rides a Harley. And doesn’t own a gun - although I’ve been trained and know how to shoot. I vote democrat most of the time, although I support an awful lot of the “other” side’s economic policy and am registered as an independent. I’m an engineer, but I pursue art, gardening and such more of the time.
… and so forth.
Anyway, the conversation basically centered around why we thought some folks tended to go “down one path” most of the time and others seem to diverge all over the map - politcally, economically, sexually, in our hobbies and interests, etc.
Are the “straight laced” folks just consistent or afraid to change? Are the more “adventurous” among us willing to try anything and be flexible or are they just scattered and unable to take a stand?
What do you think?