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.