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Old 12-17-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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Lots of people go through some sort of "rebel phase," or "going against the man" as they grow up. Looking back, many of us view our earlier rebellious phases as a little embarrassing and misguided. As I look back, I realize I was a rebel, but don't apologize for it - rather, it's made me who I am today.

Did you have that rebellious phase? How does it look in your old age?
I never had a phase where I rebelled or was against the man. Always felt it was cutting off your nose to spite your face

Even as a small child I was independent though.

Rebellious does not equal independence.

Your hypothesis is null
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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Our politicians today were the drug addicted hippies of the 60's with their "stick it to the man" attatude.
I really wonder about this. A category as big as "politicians" has to be a mixed bag, of course, but an awful lot of them seem to glory in their pasts as straight arrows.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I really wonder about this. A category as big as "politicians" has to be a mixed bag, of course, but an awful lot of them seem to glory in their pasts as straight arrows.
When you read up on their lives back in their 20s, and most of these folks are in their 70s now, you can't help seeing them as a rebel. Bernie Sanders is a perfect case in point.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I never had a phase where I rebelled or was against the man. Always felt it was cutting off your nose to spite your face

Even as a small child I was independent though.

Rebellious does not equal independence.

Your hypothesis is null
Excellent. I was/am the same.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Our politicians today were the drug addicted hippies of the 60's with their "stick it to the man" attatude.
I think most of today's politicians are the children of the hippie generation. The ones who were super spoiled growing up. The ones who got trophies for participating in activities instead of for winning. Too many of them have no sense of how to actually accomplish anything. They take for granted that life will always be good, not realizing they have to work to make it good.

Last edited by ansible90; 12-17-2015 at 10:18 AM.. Reason: Sorry I posted this... just realized who the OP was.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Not exactly a rebel phase but I went against my conservative family values. My mother's family are poor, white Southerners who are very religious and wanted their kids to marry young, have children, and not go to college. College was for "rich folks" and we were just poor working class people. My dad was more ambitious and definitely wanted my brothers to go to college and have a career but for his daughters to major in teaching or nursing and find a husband. My dad made me take Home Economics as my high school elective. My brothers were encouraged to participate in school sports and had more freedoms than my sisters and me who had to help in the home and take care of younger siblings.

My parents' attitudes, especially towards women, and favoritism towards my brothers really angered me. So I went into engineering, never got married, did not have children, and am an atheist. In the Deep South where I grew up in the 60's and 70's, I would consider this being a rebel. Other than not marrying which was more about not meeting Mr. Right and being an introvert than about rebellion, I have no regrets although I had a ten year relationship with a great guy and consider myself fortunate for that. By the time we met, we were both old bachelors set in our ways and wisely decided that we should not marry. He died of a heart attack a few years ago. No regrets at all for not having children or for my career. My older siblings, who married with traditional husband/wife roles and had children, considered me a little odd but became more accepting as times changed.

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Old 12-17-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: City of the Angels
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Yeah, I grew up as part of the Woodstock/ Easy Rider generation.
Grew my hair long and pulled it back into a ponytail. Grew a
ZZ Top beard, surfed, snow skiied and rode a chopper to work.
I worked in a Shipyard in San Pedro Calif so I could get away with it.

One day while in my late 20's I met a beautiful girl with a heart of gold who said that she wanted to see me without the disguise that I was hiding behind.
Her request caught me so off guard that after a lot of soul searching, I said , "why not ?"

I still remember walking up to her after the short hair and face shaving transformation and her looking at me with a face that looked like " why is this guy walking up to me, Do I know him ?"
Once she heard my voice, she just expoded with positive emotions and I realized that it was worth it.

One day you realize that honey can catch more flies than a flyswatter and you lose your will to fight everything that gets in your way.

After that, the quest was to grow wiser and not just older.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I had a series rebel phase.

I knew everything at 15

Had to go live elsewhere

But it made me who I am today.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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No.

I was the oldest son in a family where my father had died at just 32. I started working at age 12, and gave my mother my earnings to buy school clothes for my brother and myself. From then on, she never spent a nickel on our school clothes -- I worked all summer every year, and after school from age 16.

I have always paid my way. I never had time to protest or rebel. Rebel against what? The financial facts of life? Instead, I learned all about the financial facts of life, and spent my time making myself worthwhile to other people. I did very well. It's been a long haul, but it's been worth every minute!
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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I've always worked hard and stayed very dedicated to my job and my employer. My rebel phase only just started a few years ago. My employer is pushing us all to do more with less, while the bosses keep getting their bonuses and we keep hearing about promotions people in the home office are getting. Meanwhile they don't replace people in the field who retire or take other jobs.

I'm not in the financial shape I need to be in to retire right now but I just qualified for Medicare. If I had to I could quit right now, even though it would be difficult. Just doing my job and letting hem know when I am in disagreement with their direction. They can't afford to fire me, but in my own mind I keep daring them to!
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