"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Most of us seem very set in our opinions. It feels like older we get, the less likely we are to change our outlook.
Why such rigidity?
Maybe it's just too mentally taxing to constantly revaluate our opinions.
It's far easier just to decide how we feel about something and stick by those beliefs.
But being open-minded can really help us grow and evolve.
And it's not enough to say 'be open-minded' as a hollow platitude.
We actually have to make a concentrated effort to challenge our most closely held beliefs.
It can hurt to admit we were wrong about something. Sometimes our pride or ego won't allow it.
But I think the truth is that most of us don't actually know much about most things.
Once we admit our inherent ignorance, we free ourselves to learn and grow.
For some reason, it feels like there's a stigma against not knowing.
Our culture values the confident, decisive leader who acts with brazen aptitude.
In reality, over-confidence has likely caused more harm than good.
And to question everything doesn't mean we have to live in state of perpetual doubt.
We can be confident in knowing that most people shouldn't be confident in thinking that they know something.