We have this perception that young people are more liberal or left leaning. And more open to equality and diversity. But where do you think all the older people who aren’t that way come from? They didn’t suddenly get converted. Maybe what they thought or felt didn’t always show when they were young, but it was there.
Why? Many reasons. Parents’ influence would be a big one. Regardless of how rebellious teens are, parents’ influence in the early years rarely goes away. Environment growing up, other than parents. Genetics? I have no idea how beliefs affect heredity or are affected by heredity. That would be a fascinating study except that it would probably be considered totally politically incorrect. Bob
I have often wondered why so many of the older generation, particularly pensioners become so right-wing and I still haven’t figured it out. You can see the traits early on, but it seems that they become very strong in later life. To be fair, this happens to left-wing people as well.