Okay so before I proceed to posting my theories and analyses of… well, anything that intrigues me, I thought I’d start by explaining my interpretation of this quote. “Why?” you ask, well mainly because some of the thoughts I put across may not be the popular opinion so I want the readers to understand the way my mind works and this will help to convey that; also, because I do love a good quote (as you will come to learn about me).
Pause: as well as theories and analyses of topics, I will also be posting some psychology work (I mean, it is my area of study after all…) and positive psychology tips and theories.
So, back to the quote/topic at hand.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” – Aristotle
Interpreting the phrase and its importance
Even if you don’t accept someone’s idea, can you enter their trail of thought and see where it’s heading? When in a debate, are you willing to explore another perspective different to your own? It is possible to entertain an idea without accepting it as your own, whether it be for fun or just to gain another perspective.
Part of the importance lies in the obvious reason of being rational and not completely shutting out other people’s ideas, looking at them as lesser simply because they differ from you. That being said, if there is no logical thought process and not even a remote fact to back it up, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you choose not to listen. So, with the obvious ‘nice’ part out the way, the other reason is to expand your thinking process by exploring new perspectives.
Applying it to life
Our thought process can be limited because we box our ideas into what’s socially acceptable; don’t be afraid to break the rules of what you’re ‘supposed’ to think, after all it’s just a thought and you don’t have to accept nor act on it. It can open new doors in your mode of thinking that allows you extra room when solving new problems and making decisions. Take Pablo Escobar (I sure hope you’ve seen ‘Narcos’) for example, entertaining his thoughts is a wild dirt track experience but it takes you to new heights, without condoning his actions of course. Putting aside his forceful and brutal ways of handling business, he was an incredible visionary who saw opportunity where most people wouldn’t even consider looking – unfortunately this was applied to narcotics (“You don’t have any vision my friend. If it sells for $10 a gram here, imagine what it would sell for in Miami”). However, you can now take this approach of thought and apply it somewhere positive.
Try it, roll around ideas in your mind, explore them, maybe even with others. We often have many thoughts flowing through our heads, some almost laughable because they’re so random. Personally, I get crazy ideas going at times but still express them and build an argument for it even if I know the concrete reality of it is awfully limited. Play ‘devil’s advocate’ in debates, take the opposite side to your own and you’ll find yourself realising they may even actually have a point. Hell, I even disagree with myself sometimes just for the sake of it, challenging my own views.
Anyway… I may have ventured a little off track there but welcome to my world where thoughts run astray, too often out of my control. Otherwise, I hope you didn’t get too bored and maybe even found some of this relative to yourself. So, as I love a good debate, everything I post will be open for debate – even this; please leave a comment if you wish to add anything, all ideas are welcomed. Stay tuned for more…
Peace, Love and all that Jazz