Originally Posted by Kaseru
Some environments are very conservative as in they don't believe in same sex marriage nor dating, whites people are the majority of the population, and of course being a republican. This environment is one of the worse because you are taught under strict values and are not able to see other points of views that are actually in the world. This view could be I suppose a "tunnel" view. All you can see is what you learned from growing up and when moving and realizing that there are so many more views out there then you will feel out of place and amazed at there is actually out there.
I disagree with you. I was raised in a Christian, republican, home schooled lifestyle (might as well have been raised Amish) and I appear to be more open minded and familiar with things than my own democratic friends who have only been brainwashed and beat down mentally by the public schooling system. Same goes for my older brother and younger sister. I am not bashing anyone that has gone to public school here, just shooting down a ridiculously assumed stereotype. You cannot judge, literally, thousands of people based on the behavioral patterns of one. That's like saying, "I met a black guy once and I didn't like him so now I hate all black people."
Anyways, back on topic: I think that both Katana and zuluedison have made an excellent point in that a person's growth does not completely rely upon one's surroundings but rather how they choose to react in certain situations.