Tuesday’s Quote #34 – Keeping an open mind

“What is important is that one utilizes one’s intellect and not to be 100 percent sure about one’s convictions. One should always leave room for doubt.”

— Shirin Ebadi

Winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace prize, Shirin Ebadi also has the distinction being the first Iranian to be given the prize. She was a lawyer and judge, and has been noted for her involvement in human rights causes, founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center, but has been in exile in the UK since 2009 since her views on the Iranian government exceeded the government’s very limited tolerance for dissent.

This particular quotes resonates with me quite a bit. I get frustrated with those that think that there is something noble about never changing their opinions in the face of new evidence. Forcing ourselves to look beyond our own bubbles – to see what others see – is so important both for ourselves, and for our ability to communicate with those outside of our bubbles. It isn’t always easy, but it is necessary.

To borrow a quote from Albert Camus:

“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it”

Photo of the sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River between the Mid-Hudson Bridge & The Walkway Over the Hudson – April 17, 2015.

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quote #34 – Keeping an open mind”

  1. Very true. I’m very much a skeptic. But it is important that we understand other viewpoints, process the facts & if necessary adjust our own conclusions if the evidence is there. With fads, it rarely is.

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  2. There is merit in having an open mind, but one has to be careful not to just jump on any “new” thing that comes along. Far too much in this old world is actually new. Everyone needs good, sound core convictions to “sift” the new ideas with. Occasionally a nugget will come to light, but most are just so much sand.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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