The Importance of being OPEN

Open in this context means “you are OPEN for new ideas”. This is in no way evident since most adults are obsessed with the notion that having order in our lives is essential for well being. Most teachers focus therefore on getting children drilled “under control”, obedient and spoon fed with their well established and proven knowledge. That may be not bad but it is not the ONLY thing children should be doing. It is sad if they loose playfulness and creativity, and a bit of daydreaming now and then. 🙂

I could understand & learn very fast and could daydream a lot at school. And later it puzzled me a lot that the best scientist and breakthrough inventors nearly without exception had left school, frustrated because they knew more than their teachers at an early age from reading and listening to family and friends. And by pure self discovery on a broad number of fields. Being curious and perceverent for wanting to know.

It is significant to understand that parents are dividend in two groups when asked what kind of education they prefer for their children: Authoritarian vs in Creative Freedom , see the “Four Questions” in very roughly this divided Trump voters vs. Biden voters.

Authoritarians insist on “Law and Order” in my humble opinion because they are nervous about rapid changes and can not cope with complexity and uncertainty. Religion and certain populist political parties then provide structure and answer as safe havens. It is better though to learn together to steer our boats through the waves of the oceans and LEARN to cope. Gibran, Jezus , Krisnamurti and Rumi teached us to have empathy, joy, play, dance, cooperate democratic, create art and music to create value by synergy and imagination to be part of natures ecology

Not only that but it is important for all of us and our future that such OPEN curiosity is not frustrated. Why? Because such CURIOUS people stumble on quite unexpected new knowledge and knowhow, essential for solving problems and opening new avenues of thought and experimentation.

In a very wonderful and for me very recognizable book this importance for our future is shown:

“Open – How Collaboration and Curiosity Shaped Humankind “ by Johan Norberg from Sweden. 2021. English but German and NL language versions are available too. Latest version Pocket Book: May 6 2021, with new Preface !

I very warmly recommend you read this book. It not only focusses on People with open minds, but also very much on rebuilding our INSTITUTIONS to function OPEN = as places where all of us can learn, be treated or are meeting the law. Bad news for bureaucrats and other controlaholics: we urgently need these young and old explorers and reaserch institutions looing into still unknown fields of thought and who can by meeting Create Value for all of us to enjoy. They will learn us to better cope with the unexpected and complex.

In essence it is an Anti-Authoritarian book, and very welcome in our fight against their rotten and destructive ideas.

Review on the Amazon site :

Humanity’s embrace of openness is the key to our success. The freedom to explore and exchange – whether it’s goods, ideas or people – has led to stunning achievements in science, technology and culture. As a result, we live at a time of unprecedented wealth and opportunity. So why are we so intent on ruining it? From Stone Age hunter-gatherers to contemporary Chinese-American relations, Open explores how across time and cultures, we have struggled with a constant tension between our yearning for co-operation and our profound need for belonging. Providing a bold new framework for understanding human history, bestselling author and thinker Johan Norberg examines why we’re often uncomfortable with openness – but also why it is essential for progress. Part sweeping history and part polemic, this urgent book makes a compelling case for why an open world with an open economy is worth fighting for more than ever.

And…… It is a joy to read 🙂

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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