In the past, I was a libertarian before joining the forum, though I had a brief stretch of being a rather anti-religious moderate when I had joined (this phase is long gone). I enjoyed political discussions with others of opposing viewpoints, and they usually came around to my way of thinking. I admit I had seen right-wing economics as "enlightened." This forum definitely humbled me in that regard with the talents of many of our posters here, many of whom are left-wing. I've become a little less inclined to staunchly defend my viewpoints and if discussing something, I'd try my best to give both viewpoints, explain my viewpoint and why I respect the other viewpoint but do not share it.
Within my peer cohort at my high school, I'm near the top in terms of writing academic papers and exceeding in that dimension; in this forum, I'm near the bottom. I can crank out an English paper, but the idea of competing against top university students in those domains seems quite intimidating. I feel far more comfortable with VBA programming or math equations than writing long essays and reading large books. Y'all who are talented in those fields, congratulations. It's not something in my area of expertise, that's for sure.