Having an open mind requires asking questions. It means being genuinely interested in people’s thoughts, and accepting people for exactly who they are.
Sometimes the truth is not easy to hear. Too many people live in their own bubble rather than allowing themselves to absorb facts that contradict what they believe to be true. There is a difference between belief and facts.
We should encourage the next generation to maintain their child-like curiosity into our adult years. This way they will grow up with a far better understanding of the world that surrounds them.
Our world is constantly evolving. It requires new skill sets and new approaches. People who question everything are lifelong learners and adapters. They are much more successful and a lot less stressed when facing change. This is because those who embrace questions find change less scary. They view it as a welcome opportunity to inquire, learn, and self-improvement.
“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept the situation.” – George Carlin
Problem solvers work through a series of questions. “What steps cause the problem?” and “What if?” and “How might I?” questions to hypothesize about possible solutions.
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief.” – Gerry Spence
Opening our minds and keeping them open takes time, energy and patience.