This is the largest area of frustration for me with what happens politically – we should celebrate when a leader says, I did think that and I did say that, but I have more/new information/wisdom/experience now, that says I was wrong and now I think I am right. What’s more – we should expect it.

This is why I don’t get super upset when candidates make promises and then don’t carry them out when elected. I can just imagine the president making promises and then on day one in office getting a briefing with all brand new, super secret intel that makes his previous promises become horrible decisions.

As a side note, something I often think about – in James Fowler’s faith development theories young people are helped to move from the synthetic-conventional (belief made up of the beliefs around me) to individuative-reflective (belief is considered critically and personal) when they have trusted leaders admit to having one conviction previously and a changed conviction now (when convictions are non-essentials, like he’s not talking about questioning existence of God, deity of Christ, etc). I also notice that many, many people stay in the synthetic-conventional stage of faith development for far too long – sometimes their whole life. Perhaps, this is related to the political pressure pastoral leaders feel to not-admit changes in belief