In our high-achieving, competition-filled world, it’s easy to develop a hardened, competitive spirit. This can become a force of habit, like watching football or cricket every day.
Competition can trigger feelings of arrogance and self-worthlessness, making you feel compelled to win at all costs. This attitude has become pervasive in our society, and has even entered the realm of medicine.
In medical studies, the competitive attitude is called competitiveness. It is called competitiveness because it comes from a place of wanting to be the best rather than being happy with being good. When you have this attitude, you lose sight of what’s most important – your health and well-being.
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The scientific attitude requires an open-minded humility because it involves a willingness to accept that there are different ways to achieve goals and degrees of success.
Be open to new evidence
Being open to evidence requires a scientific attitude that includes a willingness to consider new evidence.
We can’t force our beliefs on other people, but we can accept data and evidence that backs up our beliefs.
And the more willing you are to consider new evidence, the more open you will be to new ideas.
That’s why it’s so important to have an open-minded humility. It involves a willingness to give up your own opinions and assumptions in order to embrace another view.
As William Bellamy, Jr., author of Releasing High Fidelity Memory writes: “A humble attitude toward ourselves and our memory comes from the recognition that we cannot imagine how far away from us ideas and memories are that they originated in us. We must be willing to let them go so we can enjoy the ones we know now are second rate.
Understand that there are many things that you do not know
Even though we have many discoveries about the world around us, there are still things that don’t make sense to us.
For instance, why do buildings have roofs? How did we get rid of the ceiling?
These questions seem silly at first, but once you think about them, you realize that they have an impact on everything around you. For instance, buildings prevent rain from reaching the ground and causing water shortages. Or how having a roof saves you from heatstroke and other health issues.
You can look at these things with your mind put on a different hold, and this requires a different scientific attitude.
The scientific attitude requires an open-minded humility because it involves a willingness to accept things as they are not understood. It involves a willingness to allow yourself to be impressed by what you do not know.
Reflect on your own knowledge and how secure it feels
You can feel very secure in your own knowledge, and that is a good thing!
At the same time, we must be humble about our knowledge. We do not know everything, and we should not expect to have all the answers.
We cannot know everything because there are many things that we do not know. There are many things we cannot possibly understand completely and completely.
Even the most knowledgeable people cannot help but make mistakes when they talk or write about things. They may have a good idea of what thing to say and what thing to avoid, but they can’t guarantee you will hear them with an open mind.
It is easy to put yourself in a defensive mode when you read articles or hear people talking about things. We often get attached to our ideas and opinions, which can lead us to being too strict or closed off.
Ask yourself whether you are being dogmatic or open to new evidence
A scientific attitude is one that involves using science to prove something is the case. We need this because we believe in science, but if you look at the evidence, you will find another view.
There are many ways to practice the scientific attitude. One way is by asking yourself whether you are being dogmatic or open to new evidence. Are your assumptions assumptions that seem reasonable? Are they based on solid evidence or not?
Are you being tolerant of different points of view? Are you being respectful of other opinions? These are all parts of the scientific attitude that ask for and include a willingness to change opinions.
It is important to recognize the limitations of science and to be humble about it. This requires an open-mindedness that involves a willing acceptance of facts but also an openness to other points of view.
Recognize that there are many different perspectives in the world
Being able to recognize that there are many different perspectives in the world is an important attitude to have. When you can understand other people’s thoughts and ideas, you can be more willing to listen and consider different opinions and ideas.
You cannot expect to have a broad understanding of the world and God’s word if you don’t have an open mind about other perspectives. You need to be willing to listen to what others say, but also understand that their perspective may not be the only one that exists.
Having the ability to recognize that there are many different perspectives in the world comes with a certain degree of humility. As much as we try to think highly of ourselves, it is never enough when it comes to listening and understanding others. We must acknowledge our own limitations before we can helpfully encourage others.
Be careful not to become too certain about your own perspective
When you are certain about something, you are in a state of closed-mindness. You are unwilling to be open-minded and think for yourself. You prefer certain ideas to others and you believe that these ideas should be the only ones you accept.
You cannot allow yourself to be vulnerable in this attitude. You have to be sure that your opinion is right before you can accept it. If you are certain, then your humility will not come easily.
Being open-minded requires a willingness to be uncertain. It involves a willing suspension of rigid thinking and an eagerness to find new ways of looking at things. It involves being humble enough to admit that your point of view is just one of many possible ones.
Realize that you cannot know everything about the world
We are not meant to be scientific. We are meant to be human! As such, we must have an open-minded and willing humility towards our own ignorance.
We all know the scientific attitude: cold, rational, conclusive. We weigh evidence and conclusions in our minds before accepting them as truth.
But let’s look at it from a different angle: the religious angle. We admit that we don’t have all the answers, but we also don’t think we should be talking about this kind of stuff in public because it might affect people’s lives.
We assume that if you can recognize the truth, you will find happiness in that realization but let’s look at it from another angle: the religious angle.
Do not ignore other perspectives or ideas without considering them
When you have an attitude that is closed-minded and will not accept other points of view or ideas, you are being a arrogant, closed-minded person.
You are thinking only of your own point of view and no one else’s. You are being judgmental and refuse to consider other views or ideas.
This is not a good attitude to have in life. You have to be willing to open your mind and listen to other ideas or perspectives when you have an open-mind attitude.
A kind and humble attitude towards others means that we must be willing to admit our mistakes, admit our faults, and apologize when necessary. It also means being willing to forgive others for their mistakes made on our behalf.