Not Written in Stone

I like to think that I have an open mind.  That is, that I am willing to consider new thoughts and ideas. In writing this blog I have, and will post a wide variety of thoughts and ideas.  There has been, and I  hope that there will be, an ongoing dialogue with interested readers.  During that ongoing exchange my thoughts and the thoughts of the readers will interact and possibly produce change, sometimes in the readers and sometimes in me.  The goal is not to win a debate, but to provoke an ongoing process of intellectual reflection.  This means that I may, at times, change my views from what I have written.  I have been told that once something is in cyberspace that it is out there forever.  I hope that in a blog, that one is given the freedom to change, that what we have written, is not forever.  It is not written in stone. 

I have heard it said that “some people’s minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up, and permanently set”.  I hope that statement never applies to me.  (Well, OK, maybe a little mixed up, and a little set, but there is still plenty of pliability.)


12 Responses to “Not Written in Stone”

  1. Susan Says:

    We all like to think we have an open mind, but for some of us, it is more like an optical illusion…like a small room made to look more “open” with lights and windows. NOT that I imply that is the case with you in any way shape or form–it’s just a commentary.
    Why is it so hard sometimes to give up our own opinion of something and come into line with someone else’s? Is it pride, or is it just that “me first” attitude that comes along with being human? Whatever it is, so often it is very difficult to change in one’s “heart of hearts” an idea one holds as true without repeated tries.

  2. cgirod Says:

    I do suspect that pride plays an important role. We all like to be right, and we wouldn’t hold the position that we do, unless we thought that it was the correct one. An open mind will carefully, if slowly, consider new ideas.

  3. Gloria Says:

    It has been said that a woman’s favorite words are “You were right.” And I admit that I do like to hear those words. Along the pride line, it does take a bit of humility to admit that you were wrong and someone else was right, especially if you are admitting it to them personally. I agree pride does play a role.

  4. cgirod Says:

    Gloria, thank you for commenting.

  5. tjalexander Says:

    Humility is so difficult in some situations and why is it the realization that we need it takes so long to dawn on us sometimes? Not that I’m talking from experience or anything 😉

  6. LisaB Says:

    I suspect a lot of it is a fear thing as well. We know that there are a lot of dangerous partial truths and out right lies that seem to make sense and sound so true that the devil can lay in our paths and we don’t want to bear the consequences of being decieved into believing a lie and then having to face the fact that not only we can be deceived but that we were. Depending on what the potential lie is or could be about we may find ourselves having to question what we know or think we know about other things pertaining to it as well and if it affects a lot then a kind of paranoia could set in while we’re trying to figure it out and who wants to go through paranoia if it’s at all possible? Along with that fear, going hand in hand with the pride thing there’s the having to eat crow bit if you were convinced of it and adament about it and managed to pursuade so many of it and now, you not only face having to admit you’re wrong, but there’s the whole being accountable for your actions based upon what you were wrong about and then having to deal with the having convinced so many of something that was wrong and knowing how hard it probably would be to be convinced oneself of the wrongness, there’s bound to be the obligation to in turn reconvince the others convinced of the wrongness and some are bound to be more stubborn so now there’s a whole credibility issue the person has to face and possibly guilt over having led others astray that won’t be led back sort to speak. Depending on how deep the conviction is there may also be the dread of “If I can be so wrong about this what else could I be wrong about?”

  7. cgirod Says:

    LisaB, Yes, fear may play a part, but it shouldn’t, because it is not such an awful thing to occassionally be wrong. It is a very human thing.

    IITimothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

    Open, and honest dialogue, can be a wonderful learning tool. Are we so full of ourselves that we cannot believe we are ever wrong? Neither fear or pride are character traits that we seek to develop, but rather to eliminate.

  8. cgirod Says:

    tjalexander, one of the outstanding qualities of Moses was his meekness. I suspect that is a quality that we do not normally seek to develop and yet it goes alongside being humble as a desirable trait.

  9. tjalexander Says:

    meekness is desirable, I agree… difficult? perhaps.

  10. cgirod Says:

    No one said it was going to be easy, but God’s grace is sufficient for us.

  11. Susan Says:

    It took Moses 40 years in the desert, herding sheep to learn meekness. I think he may have been a bit arrogant before that, didn’t the Hebrew asked him “who appointed you a judge over us?” apparently he had himself…not the action of a meek individual. But he did obviously become meek later. (I guess there’s hope for all of us then huh!)

  12. cgirod Says:

    Susan, I am thankful that God continues His work in us. I do not believe that any of us have reached perfection. The work continues both in us, and through us.

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