Challenge #172

Challenge #172, June 21, 2011: Today’s Daily Post topic is ‘When was the last time you changed your mind?’ This is interesting, as I am currently re-reading Self-Reliance by Emerson, which talks of mind changing. One of my favorite quotes in the essay is this: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.” I have long thought that disagreeing with oneself is often a sign of wisdom, not hypocrisy. To allow yourself to be open to new and differing ideas is to allow yourself to expand your mind and to learn. Today’s challenge is to be open to new ideas, and to change your mind if you are so persuaded. Work hard to keep open the possibility of a mind change.

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2 Responses to Challenge #172

  1. So I am very wise then? LOL
    Because I change my mind several times a day…I am very indecisive and can never seem to make up my mind easy!

  2. Stef says:

    It’s said that there are no ‘ethical standards’ in Zen Buddhism, because the Zen masters realize that EVERYTHING is dependent on the situation at hand. What is corrupt in one situation (for example, lying to a spouse) may be completely vital in another situation (i.e., lying to the Nazis about harboring Jews). To be open to the present moment is deep wisdom, indeed.

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