This post is why I love WordPress! I am able to find so many different views on our topics. Here is a discussion about being open v closed minded as it relates to theism and atheism.
You guys might recall me asking you if you were the type of person that entered a discussion with the willingness to have your opinion moved or changed. Read this…
Don’t tell me that you are not married!
Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!
I am not talking about dissolving marriage.
I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.
Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.
It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.
I remember with great love wonderful teachers who gave us…
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Having self-awareness and keeping an open-mind is so important. A couple of times each year I find my beliefs challenged and I practice taking the counter-argument to help me gain perspective. I learned this approach in college to help me understand other religions. It forces me to investigate the argument that is opposed to my own opinion.
Here are a few topics that I am rethinking:
- Gun control. I have always been in favor of American citizens right to bear arms. Our constitution has an amendment specifically dedicated to the topic. But I wonder how the constitution would have differed if the founding fathers knew about assault rifles.
- Small federal government. I have always thought the true Republic was meant to be small and the power of the states to be strong. Now that we can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, I am wondering if it is time to accept the fact that the federal government is only going to grow. Maybe it is time to try to make it more effective?
- Being fiscally conservative. I have always said I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. But that presents a conflict that I cannot avoid. I cannot be in favor of social programs, but not want to pay for it. But the idea of higher taxes just sickens me. I gotta work this out inside my soul.
- Why some struggle finding success. I will be honest in my opinion on success. Prior to my blog, I thought those that were not successful were either lazy, complacent, unambitious, etc. Now I see that there are so many factors that go into creating a human person. 90% of our personality is formed by age 5-7, depending on which studies you follow. I have never bought into this, but now I am seeing that some people do not have the education, internal drive, fatherly/motherly example, emotional support, etc. to succeed.
It is important to reassess your opinions. It is more healthy to doubt and question your positions than to continue having an uninformed, outdated opinion. As time and society progresses so should some of our worldviews.
I have talked in the past about being open-minded and I wanted to give you a glimpse into my mind about how I work to ensure my mind is evaluating and re-evaluating my opinions.
Today’s discussion revolves around the idea of why we focus on what we cannot do instead of what we can do. We can’t go on vacation because we don’t have money. We can’t change jobs because we can’t take less money. We can’t do this, we can’t do that. Can’t, can’t, can’t.
What about the things you can do?
Mental health is an important topic and A Journey With You is raising awareness!
Yesterday afternoon my husband and I watched the documentary: Living on one Dollar. I was so moved by the film, I cried almost the whole way through it. The film is about a group of four college students who go to a very poor village in Guatemala and try to live on one dollar a day. They set up guidelines on how they will do this to best duplicate how the local people do it. For example, every day they pull a number between zero and nine out of a container and that is how much money they have for that day – this was supposed to replicate the villager’s day labor jobs that were not guaranteed and for which they never knew how much they would be paid.
What captured my heart about the film was there was often not enough for children to eat, and the villager’s…
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