Mind Opening

We so appreciate the comments and suggestions that come our way. Earlier this week, there were some particularly supportive responses to Alice's May 3rd blog, Daily Dose (if you want to subscribe, just scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website). Here is a screenshot of her post on Monday:

"Unlearning" seems to be a recurring theme in some of the reading we do... and thanks to George Lucas for having Yoda express something similar in the movie, Star Wars:


Over this past year, the concept of certainty has become... well, uncertain. The CDC initially tells us one thing and then it gets changed. Anyone with a large digital megaphone says something and, unchecked, it becomes fact and creates a polarizing line-in-the-sand to those on the "other side." Perhaps we ourselves make proclamations about how we are doing which get summarily upended. Security seems fragile and handrails untrustworthy. Teachers are supposed to be everywhere, right? But who instructs us as to the litmus test for veracity?


Adam Grant writes in Think Again that in a tempestuous world, intelligence might not be as important as the ability to rethink and unlearn. He says:

Mental horsepower doesn’t guarantee mental dexterity. No matter how much brainpower you have, if you lack the motivation to change your mind, you’ll miss many occasions to think again. Research reveals that the higher you score on an IQ test, the more likely you are to fall for ste­reotypes, because you’re faster at recognizing patterns. And recent experiments suggest that the smarter you are, the more you might struggle to update your beliefs.

The curse of confidence is that it can close your mind to what you don't know. On the other hand, the wise person keeps his/her mind open. I'm not saying this isn't scary, but just as a child eventually unlearns Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, could it be that one of the many lessons of this pandemic is to know when it's time to let go of some of the most cherished--but old, non-functioning and perhaps destructive--parts of our identity and belief system?


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