Greetings Michael, all,
Firstly, I would like to clear up any misunderstandings which may have incurred from my posting. I see no disagreement at all, my own awkward manner of communicating, perhaps.
You clarified by repeating the gist of your conveyance in a different manner..." I am implying that when new information comes up that seems contrary to 'my' way of thinking I don't see myself 'choosing'..." (Michael), you alluded that you feel "forced" into assimilating the new information, despite your present opinion.
This is a very delicate thought that I have been pursuing for quite some time now. I was discussing similar philosophy concerning the subject of "patience".
Question:Are we still BEING patient if we are BEHAVING patiently, but are actually feeling the stress of FORCING ourselves to be patient?
I am still considering this idea.
It coincides with your posting containing reference to 'open-minded behavior', and also with the subject of 'double-weighting' within the Taijiquan theory system.
Please indulge me in my penchant towards "psycho"-analyzing everything.
Without delving into the ethics or morals, right or wrong, good or bad of it, I would like to approach superficially the merging of your posting with my ponder of patience and the double-weighting theory of Taijiquan on a more psychological level. I think this will advertantly clarify the situation.
Change,I guess, is the 'big word' here, and how one feels about it.
There are three levels in my view, and of course all the degrees in between, to "adapting to change".
1)Change, completely free from doubt or hesitancy, full acceptance of change.
2)Changing but feeling FORCED to...trying.
3)CHOOSING NOT to change, stagnancy.
Similar to the example of 'patience' I mentioned, I believe there are degrees of 'acheivement and maintenance' along our evolutionary paths towards excellence.
Taiji theory seems to point the finger towards #1 -Fluid, efficient change, liveliness, the ability to change easily to adapt to and accomodate the opponent and exterior stimulus without effort; with ease and efficiency, and leans against the idea of non-change or stagnancy; avoidance of 'double-weighting'.
This state of ability is something to be striven for, not something that one can always implement.
To organize my thoughts...
Pertaining to 'Patience'
1)At times we are truly patient, feeling like a saint.
2)Other times we digress and demonstrate patience, whilst cursing softly to ourselves under our breath...but we try.
3)At our worst, we unleash our impatience upon others without restraint.
Pertaining to 'Double-weighting' in Taijiquan,
1)At times we are truly 'lively' and feeling exceptionnally 'nimble'.
2)Other times we digress and demonstrate momentary double-weightedness', but recover quickly...but we are trying.
3)At our worst we become fully double-weighted and cannot, or will not remedy the situation.
Pertaining to 'open-mindedness',
1)At times we are truly open minded, feeling like we could understand the universe.
2)Other times, we digress and demonstrate 'stiffness' in listening or understanding another's point of view...but we try.
3)At our worst we reject completely with disregard other's opinions without even considering the concept. We CHOOSE to reject change or new ideas.
Maybe this clarifies?...
Really, I was just trying to convey my thought that you seem to be open-minded, patient and accepting of change.
It was meant as a compliment and attestation to your good character and 'open' nature.
Have a nice day,