Saturday, January 19, 2008

What is your mindset?

Ever heard of the Beloit College Mindset List? I encountered it for the first time yesterday while blogomeandering. Seems Beloit comes up with an entertaining and illuminating list attempting to identify the worldview of incoming freshmen/women, truisms, realities of the world for someone age 18. (Julia goes to a women's college and all the freshwomen are called freshwomen, something that hadn't occurred to me before, in spite of my bra-burning in the 60s.)

I came upon the Beloit List at TrogVision: The View from the Cave, where I also read, and I quote, "Let's remember, as some professor told me in law school: Money+family=litigation." True dat.

Back to the list - #7 of 70 is "They have grown up with bottled water". You can read an article, Bottled Water Isn't Healthier Than Tap, Report Reveals at National Geographic News. Among other points, in case you don't feel like reading it, is that some bottled water is simply tap water. On second thought, why don't you take a quick look at the article, but before you go, one more thought -

Consider the "mindset" as described by Beloit's list for someone who turned 18 in, let's say, 1940. Computers did not exist, hell, electric typewriters didn't exist, nor did fax machines, SUVs, Teflon or 8-track tapes. MasterCard and Visa had not entered our world and George W. Bush wasn't born yet. What was the norm?

Imagine the enormity of changes in the world that someone 85 years old has encountered, endured, survived. Yet, often, all we see is the old person, frail, unyielding, set in their ways.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I write Trogvision, and I appreciate the nod. Thanks.