Open mindedness is good for the journey, but it is no destination itself. Though it’s thought of as the Promised Land of our time, it makes us all the more into desert wanderers.
Each culture has its narratives and dogmas. In some way, we’re all religiously affiliated to scripts and scriptures of a kind. Right now, open mindedness is one of our reigning cultural virtues, but I don’t think it’s particularly noble or even very helpful when it forms the center of our search for truth and love…
Why? Because while it comes dressed as intellectual and spiritual humility, it harbors a keen distrust of commitment. It cannot carry us to truth and cannot sustain love.
An unwaveringly open mind grows obstinate against truth, evaluation and love that comes from outside the self. To be open minded about my friendships, my responsibilities, my marriage could cause great turmoil. Love requires a commitment to promises and truth claims that exist outside of our rising and falling favor of them.
The persistently open mind cannot throw the arms of embrace around anything at all. In remaining open to all lovers, it commits to none.
Let it guide your search for truth, not terminate it. Seek, expecting to find. Keep fellow travelers close, reminding each other that you’re pressing into a truth not created, but revealed. Have the desire to be more than a lifelong seeker of truth who never knows when she’s found it. Be increasingly in awe of its objective beauty, meaningful reality, and transformative power in your life. No seeker of treasure hopes to never find it, and no seeker of truth should assume it can’t be found. If you find the real thing, you may even sense it was seeking you all along–sounds like love to me.
In what ways can open mindedness be helpful? What are its weaknesses as a guiding principle? What are its limits?
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