A life full of experiences and changes should grant a man true understanding of some strong life lessons and a better view of how the world works. Merle knew this and never stopped learning from life.
Talking about how his opinion on marijuana had changed since he wrote "Okie From Muskogee", the legendary musician admitted why.
"[In 1968] I didn't smoke. I had been brainwashed like most of America about what marijuana would and wouldn't do. I thought it was responsible for the flower children walking around with their mouths open. It was not so. But if a guy doesn't learn anything in 50 years, there's something wrong with him."