Things I’ve tried to accomplish growing up (A list in progress)
1. Be open minded. Being open-minded does not mean holding liberal ideas and values. You can be open minded and believe gay marriage is wrong, for example. Being open-minded means trying to understand and accept all forms of beliefs, even if you do not agree with them. Being from a liberal city, this form of open-mindedness has been something I’ve needed to learn. It is easy to believe that all people are equal, that we all deserve equality, etc, but it is not as easy to accept and even listen to people who disagree. Some have valid arguments; others, not so much. But having left the liberal city for small town Iowa, I have found less of the liberal attitudes and more of people not agreeing with everything I believe in. I only think I’m right. And while I do have my relapses—especially when it comes to religion. When I’m mad or annoyed at things, I tend to scorn them—I have generally tried to at least listen to what others believe. I’m liberal, but I’m still working on being open-minded.
2. Be both knowledgeable and intelligent. There is a difference between the two and I try to be both. I try to accumulate knowledge– both usable and random–as well as apply it to every day experiences. I try to experience intelligence through conversations and my application of knowledge. Hopefully I am somewhere close to achieving this goal.