In the early 1970s I remember talking to a college student who was convinced that George McGovern would be our next President because everyone she knew was for him. We tend to hang out with folks that share our beliefs, and that can skew your perceptions of reality.<quoted text>
I'm fortunate to be in the business of customer service where I talk to dozens of people every single week. You don't need to take polls, all you have to do is have friendly conversations.
I agree with you about this, and I would add talk radio to that mix. If we want to get stronger intellectually, we need to be exposed to ideas that challenge our beliefs and make us uncomfortable. The real growth happens when you are all by yourself, in a quiet place, and realize that an old, comfortable belief is in error, and that you must part company.<quoted text>
Much different than staring at a television set all day long or perhaps going to internet sites that you know have people that will agree with you.