Keep an Open Mind
“The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
As a new employee in a school many years ago, one of the teachers made quick friends with me. Within a week, he had told me the characters of most of the teachers, our colleagues – the not-so-good, the bad, the very bad. Summarising his one-week briefing, I noticed that close to 90% of the teachers were terrible people. Curiously, in all this, he had no blemish whatsoever – he was the only good guy amidst bad ones. Relying on the sure support of my father’s regular advice to always keep an open mind I soon realised that about 90% of my colleagues were actually good people, but the very one who was my first and ‘most friendly’ colleague was the bad one!
Indeed, prejudice is a human weakness, but we must always find a way to keep our minds open.
Think of it, you see a man and a young lady emerge from a hotel after several hours of being in there. What would be your “natural” conclusion?
What we call “natural” or “obvious” conclusions in life are often wrong because the premises of reaching those conclusions are based on assumptions.
So, when next you’re caught being biased, just remember that all colours agree in the dark.