The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Having an open mind comes with a penalty. 

By definition, an open mind is receptive to alternate information. 

That said, living in a world full of ignorant conspiracy theories, there is so much garbage that is readily available, it is hard to keep an open mind without having a filter that eliminates most of the useless content.

I have tried over time to listen to many people with disparate perspectives. Sometimes I discover how wrong I really was by being exposed to an intelligent disparate perspective, other times I discover how wrong I really was for allowing complete and total tripe to be shared with me from someone who has drank the Kool-Aid.

It is hard to know sometimes which you are about to be exposed to if you do not know the baseline credibility of the person with whom you are speaking.

At the end of the day, I believe it is wiser to maintain an open mind that requires regular filtration of garbage, then to close your mind and potentially miss great pearls of wisdom. Happy Monday!!😊

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!