I didn't know where else to post this, so I guess I'll add it to random chat.
The discussion on religion got me pretty worked up, and not because of the topic, but rather because of something that annoys me quite often and that I receive quite often - condescending remarks about how I am "just young" or "just going through a phase." It's something that I get from conservatives and war hawks quite often. It's always the same gist - "you're just to young to understand," or, "when you get older you'll think differently." Obviously 10 years from now my thought and beliefs will have developed, but how does that make those thoughts any more legitimate than the ones I carry right now?
I guess what really brought this home for me was that I get these same comments from those who agree with me politically. Those same people were willing to praise me when I was 15 and sharing my views on the war, but will not respect my beliefs now if they vary at all. If it criticize Obama it tends to be "well you're just too young to understand that the political process is about making concessions," or if it's about religion (most recently here) it's "you're going through a phase that all young people go through."
To me this is pure hypocrisy. Someone may have been on earth longer than I have, but that doesn't mean that I haven't gone through experiences that they have not, or that my beliefs or opinions are any less valid than theirs. Look at the 2008 election for example. McCain was senior to Obama, but does that mean that his political opinions or goals were more legitimate? Does that mean that we should necessarily listen to him more than Obama?
I guess this is more of a rant rather than a prompt for discussion, but hopefully it'll spark something here. Or maybe i'm just being young and angsty.
P.S. I wrote this without my glasses (which I've lost and can't see to find), so excuse any typos.