Many childhood assumptions about the world have not changed fundamentally.
a) Power is rightly wielded by few, poorly yielded by most.
b) Humans generally scramble for relevance among peers and/or hierarchies typically in ways that will support their ambitions. If they cannot, they will attempt to break the peer groupings and/or hierarchies that are not supporting their ambitions.
The ambition is usually a form of power, which can be power over others or less commonly, power over self (locus of control).
But as to rule a) Power is rightly wielded by few, poorly yielded by most, disaster can easily follow an ambition seeker if they are not careful not to pull the rug out from under themselves.
c) People are usually ok as individuals. Couples can be odd but generally fall into several patterns.. However, with groups of 3 or more, a fourth invisible person emerges, which is the “person” that is the group.
Stupidity or brilliance often follows but usually stupidity. It can’t be pinned down to any one individual as they are acting as a trio or more and in a sense under the spell of the invisible fourth they created but cannot always control.
So, these are my elementary school baseline assumptions that have not changed.
My interpretations of the world shift and change. It’s uncommon but when does it’s a paradigm shift for me and I have to recalculate. When I learn and actually ‘get’ a perspective that I didn’t grow up with in a fundamental way, .it challenges all things I thought I knew. It does not eliminate my original interpretation from before, but now I can compare/contrast.