Stuck doesn’t seem like a very good place to be…

“You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it. If you won the Irish Sweepstakes and bought a house that needed furniture would you fill it with bits and pieces of rubbish? Your mind is your house and if you fill it with rubbish from the cinemas it will rot in your head. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” – Frank McCourt, *Angela’s Ashes*

I’m always a little wary of those folks who try to shut up people who disagree with them. I’m wary of folks who presume to be “experts” on stuff and tell people who disagree with them that they already know everything and they don’t need or want to hear what these other people have to say. My thought about this is that if you isolate yourself among people who think just like you, and insulate yourself from differing thoughts and beliefs, you stagnate. You stop progressing and evolving. You get stuck. Stuck doesn’t seem like a very good place to be. Everyone has his or her own perspective and experiences to add to the pot – and I’m thinking it can’t hurt us – it can only make us smarter and wiser – if we share and listen to each other, and add to our understanding of each other.

But maybe that’s just me. Alrighty. Carry on then…

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