“Beliefs and Open Minded”
On a social media site recently a series of conversants were accusing others of not being open-minded. I was reminded of the Dr. Seuss North and South going Zax. It may be obvious that our beliefs by their very nature separate us from those who don’t believe as we do. But it was a rather “ah, hah” moment for me. Open-minded quick dictionary definition “willing to consider new ideas… unprejudiced.”
This raised a series of questions.
Can you be open minded in respect to your beliefs?
What do you believe?
Why do you believe what you believe?
Do you have deeply felt beliefs?
Are these beliefs anchored in facts, emotions, both?
If so, what are they?
What is the origin of those beliefs?
Do you publish those beliefs?
If so, how?
If not, why not?
Are you open to altering or changing your beliefs? ( Back to open-minded )
If so, what could or would be the impetus or have to happen to cause the change?
Do you ever behave in ways that are contrary to your expressed beliefs?
If so, when and why?
Have you ever had a deeply held belief that you in fact changed?
If so, what happened?
I believe in questions as the doorway to being open-minded. That belief is, of course, provisional. What question could I ask that might change my mind?