What keeps an open mind?
We all have opinion, don’t we? And they burn our skulls, especially when we come across pontificating know-it-alls who tell the world how God speaks directly through them.
I grew up in a part of the world where politics and history were/are a religion. With everyone being your neighbor, and history going so far back, we have a lot to say about everything.
Early on, however, I found the best way to exercise an open mind is through reading. History, poetry, mysteries, philosophy, anything that pushed the boundaries. Read and explore.
When I didn’t agree with a certain view, I closed the book and let it sit for a moment. Coming back to it, I found merit in the argument even if different from mine. A well-argued viewpoint is worth A LOT.
A few years back I signed up my son for piano lessons. He wasn’t interested, but I insisted. Today, he can read music and has moved on to basic guitar. Explore, is what I told him, always explore.
How This Pertains to The Story.
In Stranger or Friend, one of the biggest realizations for Zoe comes during a funeral service, when she psychoanalyzes the townsfolk with their cloistered mentality.
But who is SHE to question people who simply live in a different world, have different wants and needs, different pains and joys? Whatever realization people arrive to, they have to do it on their own and in a gentle manner.
Did you EVER wonder: what if the views I hold most dear are wrong?