It is interesting on many levels. I guess getting away from the insular environment of his youth and experiencing the world in the broader sense helps - he was also a pretty smart kid to begin with. It goes back to the city/country thing we were discussing on the other thread. But it does offer a glimmer of hope, if only a slight one.
"The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them."
"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."