I admit it, I'm guilty. I get hung up on ideology and principles and dogma. I try to keep an open mind, but there are many times that I brush off good ideas only because I didn't take a long enough look to see their merits. I'm of the opinion that people do this because like most of us they're scared of change. And having a set collection of ideological stakes in the ground is comforting; like a home in the mind. But it's also dangerous, because that stake can quickly become a stick in the mud.
The Supreme Court decided against the possession and personal growth of medical marijuana today, and while the 6-3 decision doesn't surprise me in this reactionary day and age. What surprised me was the fact that the 3 dissenters were all serious conservatives: Rehnquist, O'Connor, and Thomas. Of course they saw it as a states rights issue and didn't want to set a precedent for future gun control legislation but its interesting stuff nonetheless. Maybe those 9 people really do come into each case with an open mind and want to do what they think is best. Let's all hope.
Onto more interesting topics: I'm what people call a Mac voyeur, I think Macs are very cool, but whenever I talk myself into getting one I'm disappointed. However, I applaud Apple on their announcement today that they're switching over to Intel processors. Not because of the move itself, but rather because it shows that the people in charge over there have an open mind and, unlike many Mac fanatics, didn't get hung up on ideology. They honestly want to make better machines, and nothing is sacred.
This is just more proof that everything can and will change and that it's this movement in time that makes life the best kind of art. So be sure to get all the information before you judge, and think creatively, out-of-the-box, because we've got many problems in this world and they're only going to be solved with open minds. What is the saying? "Minds are like parachutes, they only work when open"
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