The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Even while you’re reading this post, time is fleeting us by. So the dynamic nature of our experience begs the questions of what about our mind? Do we change our mind? And if so, how frequent?
Obviously, the answer is yes, we do change our mind and do so when we realized that what we believed is no longer true. For example, people used to think the world is flat, and one would fall off the edge of the earth. There is nothing wrong with changing our mind, and no pride or emotion involved.
The operative word is “believed.” Our beliefs form our worldview. Which can become deeply emotionally vested and difficult to change. Look at the vaccination or more precisely the anti-vax, or the abortion (pro-life vs. pro-choice). Both demonstrate the depth of convictions on both sides of the issues. All good and understandable.
Then comes changing of the mind involving politics. In Congress, trading votes is a known practice through negotiations – The proverbial, you scratch my back, and I will scratch yours. This kind of the changes is based on expediency, self interest, or other forms of pressure. Much harder for me to fathom.
Case in point are Senators Joe Manchin (D-W Va) and Krystin Sinema (D-AZ). Who have in the recent months garnered our national attention. Are they opportunists, risk takers, deeply convicted politicians, or something else? For a more in-depth analysis, click here.
Do you think trading votes is being pragmatic?