Do you have an open mind? I thought I did, and through the course of my life, I have come across three theories or experiences that challenged my open mindedness. This is part 2 in a 4 part series. Be sure to read part 1 if you haven’t already.
I hope that part 1, challenged you a little. I hope that part 2 will challenge you even more. Here is a little background of the theory.
In college, I took a philosophy course with a really great professor. He was a bit odd, but that was part of what made him great. He seemed to not care what others thought of him. One of the things I remember most about him was that he had a cot and some blankets in his office, and he said he liked to nap between classes. While I think that is a most wonderful idea, it does come off as a little odd. But, he didn’t seem to care what others thought, and I could see how that self confidence would make it easier to share philosophical theories.
Well, he had one theory that really tested me and what I thought was an open mind. Here’s the situation. Consider Christmas time, when everyone is giving gifts. Shopping malls are busy with shoppers. Everyone is buying things for their loved ones. Now consider that you are married, engaged, or have a significant other; someone whom you love more than anyone else in the world. This one person is so very special to you that you’ve decided to spend the rest of your life with them. This one person means the world to you. You love them more than life itself. Now, consider this theory.
If you love this one person more than everyone else, then why not spend your entire gift giving budget on that one person.
Let that sink in for a minute. One giant gift, or possibly a slew of smaller gifts, for the one person you love most. Wouldn’t you want to make the one you love the most so very happy that you would get them the best gift you could afford? Even if that meant that nobody else in your life gets a gift? You have the chance to shower your most cherished person with one stupendous, miraculous, amazing gift. To show them how much you love them, wholly and completely. That would make quite a statement to the one you love.
I’m going to hold my own personal thoughts on this one until the wrap-up in part four of this series. I’d rather let this one stew in your mind for a little while before interjecting my views.
Now, it’s time for you to chime in. What do you think of this theory? Are you able to at least consider the possibility? Let me hear from you in the comments section!
Other posts in this series.
The Open Mind Test – Part 1: An open minded 2nd grader
The Open Mind Test – Part 2: A Great Teacher, A Little Philosophy, and A Whole Lot of Love
The Open Mind Test – Part 3: Our purpose in life
The Open Mind Test – Part 4: Conclusions, Comments, and a Challenge
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