Throughout our college experience, we’re often exposed to different viewpoints than those we grew up with. As a result, we tend to develop different opinions and viewpoints, not only from those we once had for ourselves but also from our parents.
When we grow up, it almost feels like we have to choose between a conservative or liberal mindset, especially if your parents define themselves by one of these roles. The variety of college is bound to change our views about something, and if it doesn’t, it at least makes us think a little differently than they do. College allows exposure to so many different political and social views that can allow for conversations. Everyone has different backgrounds and upbringings, and being open to learning more about them can create a new mindset and change our overall values for the better.
All of this knowledge can seem like a burden when someone we love is ignorant, especially about a topic we’re passionate about, and it begs the question of whether it is our responsibility to educate our parents and to change their minds. Some might say no. It’s nearly impossible to change someone’s views, especially if they’ve been ingrained for years.
We have to realize this change in our hearts might be needed for everyone else. It’s 2019. Ideas of prejudice, lack of acceptance toward the LGBTQ community or refugees are a thing of the past. We grew up in a different time than our parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Regardless of the changing dynamics within our society, it’s important to stand up and acknowledge the differences in your beliefs, and, if need be, defend them. The time period shouldn’t be an excuse for ignorance.
Sadly, prejudice and ignorance still exist in our country. While our parents — or anyone else for that matter — may not always be linked to these ideas, sometimes they are and how we act or react to them can make a difference. Not everyone gets a fair chance, and no one should be made to feel inadequate or less human because of who they are or what they stand for.
At The Alestle, we want to support the people in our lives, but we also know that sometimes lines have to be drawn. If those around us aren’t willing to acknowledge and accept your beliefs, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Even though they are our parents, you’re also an adult, and it’s not always worth pushing down differences just to keep the peace.