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I like Bert Russell a lot. Reading his Essays in Skepticism makes me go "Yes! That's exactly what I've always felt/thought/said!"

Which makes me wonder, does it make sense to read opinion pieces by people whose opinions you share? What does it do other than make me feel vindicated?

Maybe I should be sticking to reading attitudes and positions I currently disagree with or by people with a different perspective than I have or books that teach me something I didn't know (history, science) or things that are for pure enjoyment (fiction).

I'm not saying I'll actually change my habits, but it's something I've been thinking about.
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I've been detecting lately, ever-so-slightly, that there are parts of me (er, of my brain) that lie on the conservative/Republican/not-pinko-commie side of the attitude spectrum. It's just a glimmer, not something I can quite pin down the area of, though I *do* know it's not in terms of the typical social issues that so many people associate with the Republican/Democrat//Conservative/Liberal divide nowadays (e.g. abortion, The Environment, tolerance and multiculturalism, God, yada yada yada).

It might be something about fiscal policy or government, but as I said, I can't quite put my finger on it. [Probably because I stay out of those things to a large extent.] I want to figure things out sufficiently that I can put my finger on it. Why? Well, I think it's because otherwise I'll have the tendency to simply assume ALL the exact stances and opinions of people whose liberal stances on various social issues I agree with. (Damn that's a painful sentence. Sorry.) That's...that shows a lack of intentionality. I like intentionality.

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