It's funny, because for the longest time (and ask some of the oldies here that knew me "back in the day") I used to be a hardline conservative when I was in high school, because that's what my dad is and it rubbed off on me.
When I got out of high school I started shifting towards libertarianism, because I started questioning the lack of consistency with the neocons. (Alcohol is legal, but not drugs? Shouldn't everyone be free to decide what to do with their own bodies? Not a perfect example, but that's just off the top of my head.) So a lot of it started with me simply trying to hold consistent viewpoints that didn't argue with each other, which more or less resulted in me adopting more radical individualist viewpoints.
Of course, it didn't stop there, and now many years later that mere act of questioning a few things snowballed and led me into questioning literally anything and everything possible. I take no explanation for granted at this point. Its been a gradual process and change in how I think; believe me, it didn't happen overnight.
(and that's the short story)
As for my "critical" worldview, that's mostly been shaped by my experiences in the real world that a lot of people in our age group miss out on when they're sheltered by their parents or sheltered by their college. So I've had the (dis)pleasure of seeing first-hand just how downright vicious, dumb, selfish, greedy and retarded the average American acts, their thought processes, their motives, and how they treat others. I also spend a LOT of my spare time thinking about these things. (literally a lot, irl)
yeah, man I get that. It's been drilled into my brain by several 3 and 400 level classes at a university. What caused you to adopt such a radical and critical worldview? Usually it's caused by an event or years of disgruntlement or education.
I completely identify with it and totally agree, btw.
When you consider that language is just an invented construct of man, the idea that some words are "bad words" sounds just inherently silly.
Inventing words and then relegating them to "bad words we shouldn't say" status is just another way we impose imaginary bounds on ourselves to fulfill our own ****ed up concepts of "acceptable behavior" and it does nothing more than holds back our evolution as a species.
That... is my car. Mine is blue and is an '88, but damn! I saw that picture of you working on it. Mine's the ****tiest god damn thing on the road, but for what it's been through, I am shocked at how good it does. It starts up every time I put the key in and turn. I can't believe it still runs.
Yeah, I know. My friend just got a '93 for only $1100! It's got the 4.6 in it and god damn does it move. I was surprised to hear the roar when he put his foot down and my head jerked. His has so many things wrong with it, and it's in such dismal shape, but it still goes pretty excellently. I've always loved thunderbirds, pretty excellent vehicle. I'm quite jealous.
The drivetrain and suspension have always been thunderbirds' weakness, but who buys a thunderbird for performance? I'd love one just because it's a stellar car, great to look at inside and out, and an all around excellent vehicle.