Day 6: Being fucking open

By Kai Teo
First published in the print edition of The Ozorian Prophet, Saturday Aug 8, 2015

Photo courtesy: Ildikó Répáczk

First and foremost, we would like to thank the person on our main floor who turned up with the watermelon hat yesterday. We truly appreciate you taking up our suggestion and blurring the boundaries between the concepts of fruits and hats. We’ve already set up too many borders and walls in the world, and my friend, your act of rebellion is a significant step towards true openness for humanity. Let us applaud you. 

So, many of us like to call ourselves an “open minded” person. What does this even mean? You’ve tried bungee jumping? You’ve eaten a scorpion? You’ve taken classes in breathing through your ears? Wow, impressive. 

But on your way home from your upside-down naked yoga class, you see a man (let’s call him Robert) with slicked back greasy hair, Armani sunglasses, a sharp Hugo Boss suit with a skinny black tie (we don’t really know the brand of the tie),  and a Louis Vuitton suitcase. And you think, “What a slave to consumerism. He must have a sad life.”

You judgmental bastard. And shame on all of us. Because at some point or another, we’ve all looked at Robert and thought we were “better”. Just because we’re not wearing shoes, eat only organic food, have a peace sign on our door, doesn’t mean that we’re doing better than Robert in this “how to be a good human being” business. We’re all trying to figure out this shit together, Robert just does it differently.

Opening our minds, and hearts, really means opening up our lives to a universe of possibilities. Before we judge, let us be open and get to know Robert. Who knows, he might have bought all these things because he happens to have too much money and doesn’t know any good second-hand stores. And after having a little chat with Robert, you realise that he makes the best Chapati in the world and is on his way to a homeless shelter to cook for the hungry. See? Suddenly, Robert’s as awesome as a fat cat who can do backflips.

Everyone has something to teach us. Being open means being open to forge these bonds with our world and humbly learn from our fellow beings. 

6.5 billion humans on this planet and about 478 floating around in space stations, we have a lifetime supply of teachers. 

When we open ourselves to the universe, we also free our minds from the fetters of the system. No longer will we be afraid of being silly, and no longer will we judge others for being different. Because we open our mind to human goodness and we understand that everyone is really just like you and me. Yes, even Hitler, Buddha and Robert. We all live together on this little planet, and we all kinda don’t wanna go extinct. So let’s try to do some good together.

Being open to try everything also means being open to saying no. 

It doesn’t mean that today, we will go out there and believe every single bullshit that people feed to our minds. That’s not being open, that’s being stupid. 

Everything is possible. But not everything is true. Do we live in the Matrix? Possible, but we don’t know, yet. Do the stars tell our fate? Possible, but we can’t say for sure. Do aliens exist? Hardcore fucking possible, but probably not in the form that Hollywood makes you believe. And it’s ludicrous to think that they would wanna take over Earth, they really have better things to do than to come hang out with us. 

Let’s be open and say, “Yes, it’s possible. Teach me more.” Every time we say no, we close one door of opportunity. When we blindly believe something, we’re also saying no to the possibility of that belief being wrong. And we’re so damn closed-minded when it comes to ourselves being wrong, we’re so fucking scared. 

Today, we declare that we will be truly open-minded. Let’s take our core philosophy of life out, show it to the world, and let everyone give their opinion. Our principles can easily be moulded into better ones for ourselves, and for the world.

Today, let’s be open to a world of possibilities, and let’s be open to Robert.


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