Back in a time long long ago, people thought things were just simply black and white. I am not talking about the current state of affairs in which Black people are unjustly being picked out by police and being murdered, I call BullShit on that!
I am talking about the way we think and how this effects our relationships to one another. Nothing is just a black and white issue, or to say, there are multiple sides to any debate/argument/discussion/issue/fact/etc. This is true for almost everything in life, and we have to open ourselves up to the other side of the argument and think outside of the argument to come to a fully rational way of conducting ourselves.
For instance, someone might argue that a fruit-i-tarian diet is the best diet out in the world. But is it really? This may be true for you, but it isn't true for the person who dies if they eat fruit. So this isn't just a simple black and white issue now is it. It may be right for you, but not for me, so how can we say this is the best diet on the planet? We can't! We can only agree that it may be the best for you. But even as time goes on this may change even for you, and you find that only partly being a fruit-i-tarian is the way to go and the other time vegetarian is the way to go.
Break this down for any argument or debate or issue or fact or etc. you want to have, with yourself or someone else. Are planes the best way to travel? Well for me it may be, but for you cars are better because maybe you are afraid of flying. Are IPA's the best beer ever? For you sure, but maybe for me I prefer a Stout.
Why is it so important to have a better open mind and to see things for more than just a black & white issue (yes or no)? Because we become better people and individuals when we open up our minds to seeing everything for the way it is.
But it goes further than this. The reason to understand not everything is just simply black and white is because it opens us up to new possibilities in our own life. Educated people have an opinion, and they will argue their opinion if prompted to in a discussion. But the educated person also knows the other side of the argument better than the person who argues for it.
If we want any chance of success in life, you have to know both and/or all sides of the issue at hand. You can't say music is the best career until you have done your research and homework on everything that is the music industry, and also other industies. You have to continue to educate yourselves and learn as much as you can about everything. How can you say being a bass player in the band is the best thing ever if you have never tired the drums or guitar? You can't now can you?
The 500 year old mindset is a thing of the past. We are in a new world where we have so much information at our finger tips. You can't just say things are this way and that way. There is always another person who knows different or has to do something different than you. To understand this and know this will help you get ahead further in life: health, wealth, love, and happiness.
The big thinkers in our time, and times past, know and knew this. It is perhaps why they are still remembered to this day, they knew to educate themselves on everything about the issue, not just cherry pick information and then try and say they are a master at it.
Think of it like this. If you are not a religious person there is nothing inherently wrong about that. The educated person however will still read the bible and learn about religion so they know why it is they are not religious. They do this because they want to understand why they don't believe. But in doing so, they also enlighten themselves to understand why people are religious. It gives them knowledge, and it also allows them to talk with other religious people and be able to express themselves in a way they will understand, because they understand their thought process in religion. How powerful is that!
Think about it for a moment. The non-religious person knows all about religion which then allows them to have a civil discussion with a religious person, and be able to express themselves to that religious person in their own language. This person in almost anyones eyes will seem to be the smartest person in the room and/or on the subject, while the religious person who never reads anything other than their religion can't really knowledgeably express anything about atheists. You see the the non-religion person knows about theirs and the other persons religions, so they can speak knowledgeably, while the religious person won't have any solid points on atheists because they don't know any, or they will just keep using the same 1 or 2 examples in their conversation, they can't go beyond this. And chances are those 1 or 2 examples are wrong anyways because it is only what they heard someone else say.
How do you think this helps a person out in their life and getting ahead in it? I will tell you what, a person who knows, reads, and soaks up knowledge about everything they like (learns about both sides) understands there are a multitude of different issues at play, not just the old black and white way of thinking. As you can imagine, being able to open your eyes to more than just a one-sided issue (only what you want to know) furthers their careers and development because they can talk with anyone and also, and this is important, they can hear the other persons argument and actually understand what they are saying.
Plus, it just makes you a more smarter and knowledgable person, knowing and realizing not everything is black & white, there are grey areas, red areas, blue areas, etc. etc.
In case you didn't already click on the link, you want to go to this link now! Big Thinkers
Now I know what you are going to say, doesn't look like he is doing any learning... Click the link and read the whole article, you will start to see a theme of what success looks like for some of the biggest names in history.