To carry on with what I just published yesterday on "My Quest" from September of 1999.
Nobody's life stays static. We at least age, whether we grow in knowledge and understanding or not. The state of our health and energy also changes. Change is inevitable, and we just have to come to terms with it. That change is usually gradual because the human mind and body doesn't flop all over the place willy nilly unless something extraordinary or catastrophic comes along.
We are subject to programing, much like a computer. Before you can install a new computer program, you have to sometimes delete another or sinuster viruses and worms and they often don't go easily.
That was driven home yesterday. The virus program on Phyllis' laptop lapsed some time ago and we neglected to install another. She uses it very little except to pay bills and play games she enjoys. Over time, stuff sneaked in through emails and countless other open doors that totally corrupted her system and neither of us could do anything with it.
We had to have an online service take over her computer and clean all the junk out. We now have a virus program on it. We're also very careful about "free" stuff because they often come with sneaky little addons that completely change things like home pages and the normal search engines you want to use.
Life tends to do the same thing with our minds, beginning at day one, and I know of no effective virus program to stop it. People just go about living and the crap begins to pile up with little to no chance of intervention.
I absorbed all the societal nonsense surrounding me as a child and young man. Then, a really corrupt mind virus came along through Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God. I was totally messed up and could not even begin to think straight for a very long time. There was no one to call and have all that garbage instantly removed. I had to do it on my own for the most part. It's taken about forty long years to expell the programing of the previous thirty some years.
Many people never realize their mental system has been corrupted and go to their graves in that state. I'm very thankful not to be in that helpless condition.