How far have you travelled from your home base?
Your worldview is determined by your exposure to the world. If you stay in your home territory, you see the world as an extension of your home. You live in a belief bubble.
It’s hard to imagine things being different someplace else if you’re always in familiar surroundings – whether those surroundings are physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual.
When you watch the same TV news every night, read books written by your favourite authors, and talk to the same people every day, the scope of your thinking is limited by the nature of the input entering your mind.
That’s a thought worth thinking about. And, you might also wish to ponder the wisdom of an early computer programming mantra: garbage in/garbage out.
To open your mind, you need to leave home and exposure yourself to different experiences.
A few ways you can do that is to:
- read books written by different authors.
- change the channel on your TV.
- travel to other parts of the country and the world.
- talk to different people.
On a recent flight, I read The Samurai by Japanese author Shusaku Endo – translated into English by Van C. Gessel in 1982.
The Samurai tells the story of a low-ranking samurai, accompanied by a scheming Spanish priest, who is sent on a futile mission to the West in the early years of the seventeenth century.
It’s an interesting, if somewhat tedious, read that tells us about seventeenth-century Japan, the life of a low-ranking samurai, the disastrous attempt by the Catholic Church to introduce Christianity to the Japanese, and the transformative experience of leaving home and travelling into the unknown.
The story also allows us an insight into how the Asian mind works differently to the Western mind when it comes to the world of diplomacy.
Reading the story got me thinking about the way worldviews are restricted and expanded, and the dangers of operating with a closed mind.
Here’s a question to think about: How do you open your mind?