Recently, I started watching an HBO dramatic series called The Newsroom.
All I can say is, “WOW!”
It’s a great show, with interesting and smart characters, witty dialogue and compelling plot lines.
I’m no TV critic, but I sure do like this show.
One of the main reasons I like it is that it makes me think. And I mean THINK, as in really question long standing beliefs I’ve held for a long time.
“Questioning” doesn’t necessarily mean “Changing.” What it means is that it’s ok to really cogitate on issues that have become second nature. Is it comfortable? Certainly not. It is, in fact, quite difficult.
One maintains a certain degree of certainty regarding big issues: political, religious, philosophical, historical. The ability for one to hold those beliefs makes it much easier to free up one’s mind for other activities. These “big issues” have already been weighed and decided, no reason to give them any further thought.
However, if for no other reason than a simple mental exercise, why not give some second thoughts to these big issues, and see if, perhaps, your view or the facts have changed at all since you established them firmly in your own mind?
Stagnation, both physical and mental, is not a healthy state. Why not be a bit introspective and think about how you truly feel about the “big issues?”