Just reading those history books was a revelation. That’s the exact moment when I became an intellectual. Interesting that this is about (in other words, exactly) the same time I started to question religion. Just getting a larger perspective makes you question the provincial realities of your own time and place.
I know what Jonathan is talking about here. At about the same age, I started to feel too constricted by the provincial realities of my time and place (what a beautiful, apt expression!). For me, this meant questioning atheism.
Everything is relative, people. When I was at school, the rebellious, anti-establishment thing to do was to protest the teaching of the evolution as the only explanation of how things came about.