Amazingly enough, along with being good at lovemaking and driving, pretty much everybody thinks they’re open-minded. The fact that we’d never have any arguments let alone wars if only it were true seems to escape most people’s attention.
How do I know that you in particular aren’t open-minded you may be wondering?
It’s because nobody is, including me. It’s a state that doesn’t exist in the human condition in my less than humble opinion. To be properly and genuinely open-minded you first have to accept that you may be close-minded. Can you do that? If not, then my case is closed right here and right now.
Let’s presume you’re ok with accepting that. Are you also ok with accepting ALL of the following may be true?
- God doesn’t exist
- God does exist
- The Law of Attraction makes perfect sense
- The Law of Attraction is a crock of shit
- UFO’s don’t exist
- UFO’s do exist
- Cows make excellent ballerinas
- Cows suck on the ballerina front
- The ‘War on Terror’ can be won
- The ‘War on Terror’ can never be won
- The USA is the greatest country in the world
- France is the greatest country in the world
I could go on forever and get more and more controversial, but I think you get my drift and you know I don’t like pushing people too far ;-)
None of the above statements are provable and if something isn’t provable then, then by definition there is doubt. To suspend that doubt means to close ones mind to other alternatives and thus to be close-minded.
This is probably the most pointless post I have ever written because I have no idea where I’m going with it. I set off thinking I’d come to some natural stunning conclusion that would shock the world, not to mention myself. But alas, it’s not to be.
I recently read the absolutely stunningly brilliant ‘Prometheus Rising‘ by Robert Anton Wilson and it was that book that prompted me to think about the topic of open-mindedness. As I went through the book I kept thinking
“Wow, if only everybody on earth would read this book and challenge their own belief system what a better more tolerant and open-minded place the world would be. But some people wouldn’t read it exactly because it would challenge their entire belief system and people on the whole don’t like having their belief system challenged.”
Maybe we could form a Gideon Society type thing for Prometheus Rising and try and stimulate debate and foster open-mindedness? Or are we so close-minded that we think it could never work?