On idiots and cultivating openness
Think about the most extremely oppositional viewpoint to yours on, say…heterosexuality, polyandry, the right to bear arms, corporate tax shelters, global warming, co-sleeping with your kids, breeding dogs, stem cell research, abortion rights. While you’re at it, you may as well consider Third World debt relief and wearing white past Labor Day.
Imagine the Idiot who disagrees with you.
Picture the pathetic fool who is actually daft, dense, narrow-minded enough to believe that human beings originated from [insert your theory here.] Or that Britney Spears’ take on Presidential authority is actually [insert your opinion here.] How could such a mis-guided [insert political party or age bracket] be right about anything? I mean, really. If you think that extraterrestrial life is actually [insert opinion here], then how can I take you seriously about anything else?
Even a stopped clock is right once a day.
- Winston Churchill
Openness is our greatest human resource.
- Rebecca Walker
One of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had came through an accused corrupt guru. Some of the best love advice I’ve ever received came from a Baptist Republican. (No one’s perfect, and never underestimate the value of having a sweetheart to curl up with after a long day at the office.) A drunk bum on the corner of Vaness & Market told me all I needed to know about parenting (Never, ever lie to them. It teaches them to lie.) Working with Navy Admirals and retired S.E.A.L.S. at the Pentagon taught me a LOT about peace (it has to live inside of you.)
And what did I think before each encounter? Pffft. No way, no how, not you.
The truth is everywhere. Sometimes hiding in plain sight, or beneath presumptions and labels – whether you agree or not.