Changing Our Minds: A Weakness or a Strength?

Some of us change our minds a lot. Changing minds is considered a weakness in society, but I think it’s strength, the mark of intelligence and a form of humility. How can we learn if our minds are made up? How can we become better at listening to new ideas from new people if we already know it all?

It’s even OK to think opinion A, then opinion B just to return to opinion A all over again and do this ad nauseam. The smartest people are humble enough to hop all over the place. It’s fun to try on opinions like hats. Why not lighten up and enjoying switching and changing our minds. It can be fun!

What we see within and outside of ourselves is through the foggy scope of our own subjective personal experiences in the world as well as our unresolved wounds of the past and as we heal and mature, the scope in which we view the world also changes. In other words, when we evolve, our lens in which we view the world becomes clearer.

The message behind those who change their mind often is to lighten up, to not take ourselves and life so seriously, and to remember that we are transient beings living in a transient Universe and if opinions are held so religiously, we can become stagnant in our evolutionary progress albeit  some Truths are not up for debate; those are Universal Laws and Truths and some of us just know how they work if they listen carefully to their Inner Guidance System. Other than that, we can enjoy hopping all about with our perspectives.

“If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.” –Jeff Bezos

“People I respect always think, assess, evaluate, analyze, form and reform opinions. They know that no matter what position they have at the moment, it could change, maybe because additional information comes available or a new interpretation is offered that sheds new light to a situation. If that is your mode of operation, it is hard to be very vocal; you can be firm on your opinions but not vocal or loud.

People who believe things blindly and don’t care about facts can be vocal as they don’t carry the weight of considering that they may be wrong about something. Hence the unapologetic commitment to their fixed opinions.” –Yiannis Papelis

I think it’s fine to be vocal and opinionated, so long as we don’t mind being wrong, so long as we are open to debate and discussion and so long as we are flexible to changing our minds when we have new experiences that invalidate the older opinions. “Can you change?” is the question.

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