Not So Open Mind

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Daily Prompt: I Believe

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

To clarify the following, often when asked to believe something with your heart the implication is that you need no facts or proof. The things that I’m listing are things that I believe or don’t believe in my heart because of logic and intellectual reasonings and proofs as well.  Falling in love with a death-row inmate is something done with their heart. It makes absolutely no sense on an intellectual level. The Bible tell us the heart will mislead us. (Jeremiah 17:9) I liken it to a lawyer who will advocate for you no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary and no matter how many times you lie. Your heart will do what ever it can to please you. Its interests are selfish. Yet, if coupled with  reason and logic makes the heart a good thing.

True: 1. God exists, 2. He created all things. 3. God is love.

False: 1. Life is an accident (we are not designed), 2. Evolution is scientifically factual, 3. Believe what is in your heart.

The following short story is about two people who hold convictions. One claims to be open minded, but when faced with a test to being open minded responds in a way that is… Hope you enjoy their exchange.

Not So Open Mind

Chad was about to finish his first year as an account adviser at Westminster Farthington Bank.

It was a good place to work. Within a year he was near the top of his division in production. There was little doubt that during his second year he might be at the very top. And soon beyond, likely a division supervisor. Normally a position not open for advisors until five years of employment, but Chad worked and studied hard, he put in extra hours, and took advantage of all the extra training offered by Westminster Farthington.

He was near the time of his yearly review. He looked forward to it, because he expected to be considered for the supervisory training program.

Roxanne stopped by Chad’s cubicle and rapped on the panel.

Chad looked up and smiled. “Roxanne,” he said. “Come in. Have a seat.”

She sat in the chair next to his desk.

“Remember the Langston account?” Chad said.

“Don’t tell me,” Roxanne said. “Did it close.”

“Yes,” Chad said excitedly. “And they said their satellite offices will come on board.”

“You’re kidding me,” Roxanne said. “That will put me over projection for the year. Thanks, Chad. You really worked hard on that. I hope I can repay you someday.”

Roxanne started to stand. “Oh I almost forgot,” she said settling back down in the chair. “I’m inviting you to my wedding. My partner and I are getting married this weekend. I’m inviting just a few friends and family; those who are opened minded and not living in the dark ages.”

“That’s kind of you to think of me,” Chad said. “But I’m afraid you will think of me as being close minded.”

“I thought you had no problem with it,” Roxanne said.

“Maybe I should clarify something,“ Chad said. “I have said what people do in their private lives is not my concern. Do I think gay marriage is okay? No. Will I protest against it or hate gay couples? No. My view is private. I don’t force it on anyone else.”

Roxanne immediately stood. She dug her fists into her hips. “If you’re not for us than you’re against us.”

“I’m sorry, Roxanne,” Chad said. “It is something I cannot conscientiously participate in.”

“I never thought of you as being so closed minded,” Roxanne said.

“Recall at our diversity seminar a few months ago,” Chad said. “You were very vocal and articulate about defending the conscience of others. You used an example of conscience objectors being exempt from military duty so why should Westminster Farthington ever demand a person to do something that would not be legal, yet a person might find conscientiously objectionable. You used an example of extending loans to cigarette companies. In fact, Roxanne, I was inspired by your passion.”

“This comes down to a basic human right,” Roxanne said. “It’s different.”

“I’m not objecting or protesting your marriage,” Chad said. “I’m just not coming.”

“This will not look good on your yearly review,” Roxanne said. “I will out you as a hater.”

“Roxanne,” Chad said. “Do you think I really hate you?”

“That’s not the point,” Roxanne said.

“Than what is the point?” Chad said. “Please, tell me.”

“You are just a hater,” Roxanne said.

“Roxanne,” Chad said. “Do you hate me?”

“Yes!” Roxanne said. “I got the right to hate you.”

“Your acceptance and open-mindedness extends only as far as your own cause,” Chad said.

“And what about your cause?” Roxanne said.

“I don’t have one, other than please let me have freedom of thought,” Chad said.

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16 Comments

  1. I thought this story was going to be like your usual stories, but this one made me think quite a lot. I agree that beliefs aren’t in your heart but in your mind, but I would have thought they are based on personal experience rather than logic. You can explain the logic to someone for hours before they stop questioning every detail, you can show them evidence, reason with them, but take them to a church service where they feel God’s presence and His love and that experience is surely more likely to have them converted. Then again the experience wouldn’t necessarily influence a person’s beliefs if not backed up by logic and reasoning. I’m not sure, I’ve never really thought about where beliefs come from until now, but you’ve given me a lot to think about so great post and great story 🙂

    1. This subject is too broad to be covered in a list or a few paragraphs.
      Certainly not everyone ascribes to the same set of logical thinking patterns or values and indeed personal experience plays a large part.
      I’m painting with a rather broad stroke and brush.
      Thanks for your insightful comment and a reading.

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