People don’t all have to think like I do or believe as I do. If I’ve learned one thing in life it’s that everyone has their own path and their journey is their own.
But there’s one thing I wish were more prevalent than it is, and that is an open mind–open to possibilities even if they seem impossible.
If it weren’t for open minds, we’d all still be flat-earthers, concerned that we could actually sail right off the edge of the earth. Or we’d believe that the sun revolved around the earth. But scientists open to other possibilities eventually proved that wasn’t the case.
Are they crazy?
Believe me, science is not supportive of those who think differently. The status quo is a safe and secure harbor. So kudos to the “misfits and crazy ones,” as Steve Jobs once noted.
Let me take it in yet another direction. The early followers of Jesus had to have open minds to accept the miracles he performed. These things weren’t “normal.” So for Christianity to take root, people had to suspend disbelief and open their minds to possibilities.
What I find so ironic is that fundamentalist christians often are the most attached to their status quo and their minds are often snapped tightly shut. Oh, the irony.
But here’s the point: If everyone always adhered to the status quo there would be no progress. Science and technology would be at a standstill.
Am I crazy?
And so, it was with that thought in mind that I sat in on a number of presentations at the recent Afterlife Research and Education Institute symposium that would raise eyebrows of those whose minds are tightly closed.
Is it really that fantastical that we might one day be able to communicate with people on the other side? If life is ongoing, which I believe it is, why wouldn’t we? I saw the outcome of early (and crude) attempts to do just that at the symposium. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s begun.
If we believe in life after death, and many do, would it be so wild to think that famous scientists on the other side are helping scientists here with this kind of research? Or do we prefer our belief that we all float on fluffy clouds singing hymns in heaven?
Maybe crazy is good.
I have never had my already open mind so challenged as it was at these presentations. Presentations in which I found my brain challenging what I was seeing and trying to find flaws in the methodology.
Even though my mind goes directly to disbelief, I am not a scientist. I can’t evaluate methodology or statistical analysis.
When a professor of neurology, a neurosurgeon and others more qualified than I say that consciousness resides outside the brain, I pay attention. Because even though I believe in the existence of a soul that is everlasting, it’s nice to know it from science. Even if some people think this kind of science is crazy. Or the work of the devil. (Got news for them: there IS no devil.)
Crazy IS good!
You may believe the same things I do or you may not. All I’m suggesting today, though, is that you keep an open mind and consider the possibilities–divine possibility even.
So, here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels.
They change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius. ~Steve Jobs