How can you think outside the box when your box is still closed?
The title of this post is just a fancy way of saying that you’re not going to learn if you’re close minded. I found that it’s become a pet peeve of mind when I run into close minded people. Although I do find myself to be a hypocrite. The truth is, it’s difficult to become open to all ideas. I don’t find myself trying out something new all the time. I want to stick to the status quo and what I’m used to. But one of the key things to living a fulfilling life is experience. You have no idea what you’re missing out on.
This week, we finished watching Hoosiers, an old sports movie about a small basketball team from Indiana making it into the big leagues. Norman Dale enters into the rural town where everyone pretty much knows each other. With basketball being a major sport in the small Indiana town, the men meet Dale and lay down their expectations for him as head coach. Being the stubborn man he is, Dale coaches the basketball team his way, displeasing the townspeople.
The town, Hickory, obviously does not seem to get new people moving in often. With everyone accustomed to their traditions, they aren’t ready for change. They even tried to get Dale removed from his position as basketball coach, and almost did if it wasn’t for a certain someone. Not ready for change, they almost missed out on the championship title had they continued on firing Dale.
Another story that comes to mind is the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. When the story faces a plot twist and the serene town starts sacrificing someone, people might need to rethink some things. Close mindedness has been one of the bigger issues even in history. Studying the French Revolution really shows that change had to become radical for anything to get done because people were just not ready to accept it. So, next time when you want to try something or someone tells you a crazy idea, be open minded and at least consider it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”