A Closed Mind and its Pride

The older I get, the more I realize how wrong I am about many things I thought to be true. I like that. I like knowing that I don’t know much of anything. Perhaps that might scare some but I find it humbling.

The more I learn, the less I know… what a strange phenomenon.

I find many individuals with high statures to belittle others because of the knowledge they’ve acquired which is downright silly when you realize you can learn something new from the smallest child to the wisest elder.

I find extreme danger in close-mindedness. We can hurt so much from believing we have it all figured out including ourselves and those who surround us. We become so vile when our arrogance wins the best of us even when we do not intend it.

An episode of “Friends” comes to mind. Ross is upset because he cannot believe that Phoebe doesn’t believe in evolution. He storms into the apartment one day, ready to show Phoebe the hard facts about why evolution is the only way to explain human existence. She stops him and says, “Ok, Ross, could you just open your mind like this much, ok? Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?”

I always try to keep an open mind. I may be wrong. I may be right. Being right or wrong is not the point of life. Winning is not the key to happiness and prosperity even though Donald Trump may think it is.

I carry this philosophy to my health journey. I do not believe in a single, purest diet that fits all humans. I believe we are all different — we hold different genetics, different activity levels, different personalities. I take heed when I hear someone say they have the answer to all health problems.

Don’t trust someone who is filled with arrogance. Don’t trust someone who fills you with fear and guilt.

Whether we are speaking of health, environment, or life…May we be open to listening to all sides of a story. Being open does not mean you have to accept everything, it just means that you are acknowledging there are others way to see life. It makes you a well-rounded person that appeals to a wider audience and, perhaps, you can expose your viewpoint and become an influence.

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