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Yoinn
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0 posted 06-22-2009 11:37 PM       View Profile for Yoinn   Email Yoinn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Yoinn's Home Page   View IP for Yoinn

I am curious to hear some discussion on this topic. Has anyone ever done a 180 degree on some belief they had earlier in their life. Now im not talking Santa Claus or tooth fairy but more along the lines of capital punsihment or maybe drug laws, religion, political views etc. Try to list what impacted you in making the turn around. Like a person or maybe research on the topic etc.

Thanks

Yoin

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1 posted 10-19-2009 08:38 PM       View Profile for GBride   Email GBride   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for GBride

yes, I was always opposed to the death penalty, even wrote letters to legislators it being my opinion that the punishment was barbaric and midevil.
However, one day when I was in a bible study, I met a mother of three who told me her husband was a prison guard on death row.
She asked me how would I like to be the person who had to imform her that her husband had been murdered by an inmate who had not been exicuted because of lack of the death penilty.
I know I would not like to be that person.
There were guys in my neighboorhood who died in Vietnam who had commited no crime.
Maybe life is just a crap shoot: if you get the lucky number, you go to the suburbs and get a house, exectutive job, a spouse, and 2.5 kids. If roll a bad number you end up in an alley drinking stero or on death row.
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2 posted 10-27-2009 10:37 PM       View Profile for GBride   Email GBride   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for GBride

I don't understand why more people aren't responding to your inquiry.
Could it be that your face in this picture looks a little like Truman Capote's.
Essorant
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3 posted 10-27-2009 11:10 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

We don't want to admit that we change our mind.  

People might start thinking we are human.  

Bob K
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Dear GBride,

          He also looks like Bruce Willis and seems like he would be a decent guy to have a beer with.

Sincerely,  Bob Kaven
TriumphGirl
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5 posted 10-31-2009 03:58 AM       View Profile for TriumphGirl   Email TriumphGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TriumphGirl

This has happened to me in many ways but the "change" that's impacted my life the most has to be religion. I was raised southern baptist. Dresses and hair bows at least four times a week. Bible school, revivals and prayer groups. I wanted to believe, and I did. My 180 came driving to school one morning. I just realized that it didn't make sense to me and it hasn't since. I cant exactly say why but something inside me decided to revert back to my "old soul" and follow in the path of my ancestors. I continue to walk that path today.  
Another 180 for me was the death penalty. I was raised in a small town in Texas known for both their prison system and in what seemed like pride in their death rate. I believed...eye for an eye. I was 20 years old when I learned that my own father had spent many years in the Texas prison system for murder and could have very well been put to death. Those sort of things tend to change a perspective quickly.
Wonderful topic!


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~ Plato

nakdthoughts
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6 posted 10-31-2009 07:47 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

I know most probably won't agree with my 180 turn~~


It may be because I am older now and past 50 yrs of age easily. I use to believe in the medical care system and in doing everything possible to live longer for myself but since losing my sister and brother in law to  devasting cancers and my father before that to Gullaine Barre disease and watching  all three  in their last stages, die too young, I prefer not to go through the chemo and radiation only to  suffer through those side effects and to pass away anyway.
At this stage of life I can say I had a good life  and I would rather take those last months ( or years if any) to enjoy living and doing what I always wanted to and being with those I care about instead of waiting until I either could afford it or had the time to do so.  I would  probably reverse mortgage (if needed )for the funds and go ahead and spend the rest of my time knowing I made a difference in this world.

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TriumphGirl
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7 posted 10-31-2009 06:00 PM       View Profile for TriumphGirl   Email TriumphGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TriumphGirl

I agree with nakedthoughs when it comes to struggling to prolong my life if it's quality were to decrease only to pass anyway. I've even informed my loved ones of this and they, of course, don't agree.
I believe in not how long I live, but in living itself.


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~ Plato

 
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