I do not think that These judgements have anything to do with age. Whether or not people have a "soul" or "common sense" has nothing to do with the advancing of years, and "gaining sense", but more to do with the quality of choices (intent and QOC) along the way, the developement of "belief traps", and what is called "high entropy" or "low entropy" behavior.
sure....my comments regarding political point of view is very much PMR-centric and driven by the reality that most passionate leftists are not engaged with the creative process of paying the rent, they are usually students, welfare or social assistance recipients, professors or unionized public servants (that be me), or sometimes the working poor who take more out of the tax pot than they put in. Normally, a persons politics is derived by how they earn a living.
I think QoC unfolds on a separate track, like, there is the British squatter "traveller" who famously stole a guys wallet while pretending to help him, vs protestors who try to protect others and property when things get out of hand.
The left confuses the two tracks in the belief that left is good and right is bad, whereas the right believes you help people by giving them a job, not a handout, and believes that left is bad because the approach destroys motivation and is contrary to human nature, and it is unsustainable.
The right is also bifurcated into genuine red neck high entropy types vs convergence conservatives who are right on economic policy and liberal on social policy (a friend of mine is founder of the Canadian version of the Log Cabin republicans). The left also has its hating fringe. Both sides, and most people, believe they are the good and the other is the bad.
As we get older there is a tendancy towards conformity ("buying in" to the system, or "SELLING OUT" the radical, idealistic views of ones youth) as a way of advancing our own position and it may be a matter of Courage (love), or the lack of it (fear).
the right would say this is waking up to reality, and this process has a normally natural linearity from the dreams of youth to being adjusted by being mugged by reality. My data suggests there was more lelief based conformity in highschool and university, and less as people gathered more experience and real world data.
Or it could be just a matter of "comfort" as opposed to inconvenience. But if something is "wrong" at the age of 20 then, generally, it is still "wrong" at the age of 50. But we find out that by supporting the "wrongness" of a system and accepting it, we can avoid complications and inconvenience in our own life, and sometimes we can actually profit (short term) by the inequities of a HIGH ENTROPY system. Even if the system is causing many others to suffer. It is usually the people that have benefited from an "unjust" system that are the most resistant to the changes that may be inevitable. But in my humble opinion it is not the change itself that is painful, it is resistance to change that causes pain.
not the system - its the people. Tom addressed this issue directly in NC with his talk on how most people grab the most they can for the least effort they can get away, and we are just angry that they are better at it.
The message was that our entire attention should be focused on improving ourselves - changing the system will not impact anything important, changing our own QoC is the best way to improve overall QoC, which is what is important.
what is hard is living within our income, paying down debt, building savings, learning how to make money from money, learning entrepreneurship, learning how to hold onto money - Rich Dad, Poor Dad covers this territory well. QoC is the manner in which one's pursues this path of capitalistic maturation.
that being said, it may be a good thing to outlaw political donations from corporations as well as unions and wall street, the latter two who both disproportionately support the Dems, which is kinda ironic. This of course if based on the assumption that the collective wisdom of voters is better than the collective mosh pit of lobbyists in Washington...which is far from certain.