Changing your mind, implies you may have been wrong in the first place.
It may mean that certain issues have come to
light, and that these have changes the premise of the original
proposition. This is easier for
technical or situational issues. This is
the easiest to do, but even in these situations, people often hang on to old
hypothesis or ideas despite the new proven facts.
your mind may be the result of; ‘well, if she/he says so, it must be right/wrong,’.
Clearly most of us accept the influence
of individuals or institutions dear to our hearts. Needless to say such influencers can be
good, e.g. Martin Luther King, or bad, Hitler.
Nevertheless there are influencers in the world who do change massive
human beliefs such as Xi of China. Comfort comes to individuals in belonging to
the tribe, ‘If the tribe accepts, it’s OK for me.’ These are very hard circumstances in which to
voice an alternative view.
Changing your mind, to most of us, implies a
weakness, and to admit that weakness is difficult. Is it a weakness or a
strength to have the ability to re-assess our ideas, which may be well
entrenched, or even have deep seated cultural attachments.
namely adopting a new mind-set, is something that individually and collectively
does not sit comfortably or naturally with any of us. Nurture it seems very much outweighs
nature. The idea of social mobility, if
seen in this context, is much easier to promulgate than practise.
In the UK we
are being asked to make our mind up about leaving the European Union where we
have been members for over 40years. The ideas,
which are being tested have been found to be exceedingly complicated. Dominant ideas, include the hardest tribal fixed
idea is, that being British is good and all that this entails, (World wars
which Britain won, Royalty, unwritten constitution, mother of parliaments,
freedom of the press, etc., etc..) Most of all the loss of sovereignty. This dominant idea transcends political
loyalty. All sectors of the UK community
espouse these ideas. They are being
asked to revert to a Great Britain which has been and to a lesser extent still
is, a substantial influencer in global trade and policy.
alternative idea is the European collective moving execrably to a federal
Europe. A beacon for peace, a massive
trading block and a highly sophisticated political machine than can be a major
influence in world politics. Freedom of
movement and unification of financial rules and fiscal unity will surely come.
Ultimately the wealth of the EU will be shared thru’ enterprise and innovation
throughout the territories as national economies are integrated.
have their points but each is dominated still be the echoes of the world wars.
Germany and France lost, Great Britain won.
So what? You might say, but these are the dominant ideas behind the ‘remainers’
and the ‘leavers’. You could postulate
that as the younger generation grows so will the history of GB fade, you could
argue for either dominant idea, but because of the political ineptitude of
David Cameron, we have to make our mind up now.
The people voted
narrowly to leave, Parliament (a mix of eccentrics with their own set of ideas)
has been unable to accommodate the EU’s demands for separation. We now find
ourselves back in the battle for, leaving without a deal, a review of the
original vote, or a plebiscite to approve a leaving agreement terms.
In this morass
of complex ideas, it seems that the voters have lost their faith in any of the political
There is no
conclusion here, only oversimplification on one side, and a mixed and
incoherent babble from the other. It is
likely but not certain that the majority will side with the simplest idea,
because that is the one we can all understand, and maybe some will change their
minds, even in desperation.