What’s Your Mindset?

Beloit College in Wisconsin has released a Mindset List every year for many years. The list outlines a picture of the world as those now entering university know it.

For instance, do you realise that for the class of 2015, those 18 year olds starting university in the US last year, the Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia? In their lifetime, music has always been available via free downloads, and as far as they’re concerned, “Yadda, yadda, yadda” has always come in handy to make long stories short. Amazon has never been just a river in South America. Moderate amounts of red wine and baby aspirin have always been thought good for the heart.

The current list is interesting but try going through their past lists and get even more scared as you realise that they’re talking about people older than 18.

Sometimes we can start thinking, “Well, surely everyone knows that.”, when we’re really talking about stuff that’s ancient history for a large section of the population. Just because we have an understanding of certain world events, we can’t expect that that’s the case for everyone.

I feel older already.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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