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Deroot Your Mind

His mind stopped, like a dead clock, and he was still living with the ideas that were in his head when the clock stopped, showing the same time forever. ~V.S. Naipul

Most people are open to new ideas, alternate realities until they reach maybe 18 years of age or until they graduate from University at which time the mental door is slammed shut and the world is judged as if nothing under the sun worth is worth considering.

People let the minds root deep in one place judging the world they see even as their eyesight fails, as they fail to perceive a world of ever-morphing ideas, of evolving realities.

The racist can’t (or refuses to) see skin color is irrelevant when understanding the character of a person. The zealot can’t see that woman is not a bastion of carnal lust but a human with value in every way equal to him. The xenophobe will never believe a foreigner can benefit their society. The patriot is blind to the cancer devouring his country from within.

Deroot yourself people. Shake those outdated beliefs from your roots and find rich loam to feed upon. Your mental life depends upon it. Your society’s health depends upon it. The nutrients in the soil where your mind is mired are stale, have long been depleted. Forcefully move your mind so it can absorb vitamins and minerals rich with vigor.

There was a time I believed my hometown was the perfect place on earth, all that was good and wholesome. Until I moved to another town and understood there is more than one way to be an American. I used to believe there was one greatest way of life until I set roots in another country and learned every country is simultaneously great and rotten. The benefit being I am now aware of the cancer cells in my own country and can help root them out.

If you find it impossible to physically deroot, at least deroot the mind by drinking in the experiences of other people through conversation, by reading from sources you would not normally dip your mind. If you are liberal, seek to understand the fears preying on the conservative mind. If you conservative, seek to feel the bleeding heart of the liberal. Understanding and feeling to not mean you agree but, in a healthy mind, empathy will develop.

The choice is yours. Stay stuck in a past that ceased being relevant in the ever-changing world the moment the mind roots took hold. Or, deroot enabling the possibility for mental growth and exerting healthy influence in that ever-changing world.

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