Honestly, I believe it becomes a problem around someone’s late teens/early-mid 20s.
I’ll go with 18-27 here.
Looking for purpose. Focus. Dedication. A cause. Something to stand behind.
Doesn’t matter what. SOMETHING.
All in. 100%. True believer. THIS system (whatever it is) has ALL the answers.
But then… often… real life starts kicking in, if one’s not dead yet by fighting for their cause with violence.
Somewhere along the line, middle age hits. Idealism gives way to realism. Universal? No. Not at all. But I think it’s a common enough life pattern.
Yet some continue. Get more idealistic. More driven. More focused.
Of course, that’s fine too. I don’t expect everybody to follow my pattern.
i could also be completely wrong in my assessment. It’s just how I see life-stages at present.
I suppose. I just find myself seeing similar zealotry in new atheism that’s all. It’s hard for me to distinguish zealotry from zealotry.
I really believe the things I say too.
But do I take people at their word? Sometimes. Depends.
If they’re rallying for a cause, I don’t. They’re caught up in the excitement and repeating other people’s words and ideas that they’ve adopted.
But if they leave fighting-mode, trying-to-convince-mode, I take them at their word.
I don’t know. Just call me wrong here. I’m ok with that.