Humans have a evolved for thousands of years a brain that tends to brand and categorize everything, for it makes it easier for us to deal with the world around us.
This ability, however, will also prevents us from “seeing” further once we have already branded or categorized some one or some thing.
And this is called narrowmindedness or prejudice.
When we see or hear about some one doing something bad, we immediately, and even subconsciously, brand that individual as bad or evil.
In the same vein, when we see or hear about some one doing something good, we immediately, and subconsciously, brand that individual as good.
One of the many beautiful traits of Critical Thinking is that of Open-Mindedness.
Open-mindedness helps us avoid the trap of prejudice and branding by default.
Keeping our mind open is not an easy task, especially once we already have many experiences in a given direction, or of a given color. Hence, keeping our mind open requires great effort and, of course, critical thinking.
One of the best tools to move forward and avoid branding or categorizing some one or some thing is by asking ourselves “What if”?
As opposed to asking “Why” — which is inviting an answer that may or may not come through the door — asking “What if?” is like peeking through a window, thus helping us immediately to keep an open mind by default.
We have all committed deeds that could be branded or categorized as ‘good’ and/or ‘evil’ but that does not have to make us ‘good’ or ‘evil’ people.
We, humans, are far greater than the sum of our parts.
We have a brain that has evolved for eons with abilities that even quantum computers don’t even come close.
One of these abilities is that of love. Yes, loving is an ability indeed!
I am talking, of course, about true love, i.e., Agape, not Eros or simple physical attraction.
Love, as Einstein once put it in a letter to his daughter, is the greatest force in the universe.
“Each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released. When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.”
Let us exercise that God-given power of ours, let us exercise our love each and every day.
But let us exercise love not only with those who love us back, for, as Jesus pointed out, “What merit is there to love only those who love us in return”?
We must exercise our love with those whom we may hate and with those who may hate us.