Open Minded

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Although I favor the open mind, I certainly do not advocate that the mind should be so open that the brains fall out.
~Arthur Hays Sulzberger  — New York Times publisher from 1935-1961 from “Freedom of Information” 

 

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I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.
— Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, Volume Two

 

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Few things are as condemning in this day and age than being accused of being close-minded.  In religion and politics, the most zealous liberals and hard-core conservatives are the least likely to see another point of view, much less tolerate it.

There is no chance of growth or redemption when there is no openness and willingness to change, to admit one could be a little bit misinformed or just plain wrong.

But I’ve known those who are so open-minded, there is nothing left inside their head but “whatever”:

~~It doesn’t matter,
anything goes,
if it works for you,
who am I to judge,
it’s a free country,
consenting adults and all that~~

No boundaries, no barriers, all windows flung ajar and liberating breezes coming and going, no foundational beliefs, and then common sense is hopelessly robbed blind.

It is a terribly empty void to behold.

As for me, moderate middle-of-the-road person that I am, I strive to remain unlocked and ready to answer the knock on the door of my convictions and opinions to see who or what may be there, to be receptive to some possibility other than what I think I see and know.

In reality I’d rather be open-hearted over open-minded.  It is far riskier, this bleeding of the heart until empty when touched, bruised or pierced.   Perhaps a lot messier too.

Intentional bleeding, not accidental.  Such a Love spilled from an open beating Heart followed by a flood of profound and forever undeserved Grace.

May that Heart break at the folly of our emptiness and never again close to the world.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Open Minded

  1. Open-hearted vs. open-minded. Intriguing concepts – moral challenges that we face every day. A great leveler here is our Creator’s gift of Free Will. In my reasoning, that gift, in some situations, may be easily twisted, abused and cleverly manipulated by our emotions and by amoral self-serving interests and entities. Most decisions that we make are moral ones. For me, I need to be bolstered, fortified, protected through the gifts of FAITH and TRUST — the deciding factors that I turn to in any moral decision that I make. These freely-given gifts reside in our SOUL in the invisible Presence of God, promised to us by the Incarnate God, Jesus the Christ. who assured us that He would never leave us. I unequivocally believe in and support His Word and His Presence!.I would choose, then, to be open-hearted in evaluating decisions for those reasons . Being open-minded can be fraught with errors that we are not always intellectually or emotionally equipped to deal with, especially under stressful conditions.

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