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“Trusting a person does not require evidence and if there is evidence then it’s no longer trust because it’s already revealed the truth.” – Chinese Drama

Trust is something that we say as a joke even though it is one of the most serious words in our entire vocabulary and the “most” important in relationships. It not only considers risk, truth, and a leap of faith, but it also reflects somebody’s personality. It requires you to put almost everything on the line. Therefore, many people will ask someone to display “trust” before they are able to trust them. This is indeed necessary and true. But on the other hand, if you are able to trust someone solely on their personality or something abstract rather than concrete, then you have discovered what trust really is. Although, we use this word everyday in our conversations, we rarely think about what it really means. Thus, it is “safe” to trust somebody with concrete evidence because you’ve already revealed “truth,” but to truly trust someone requires courage and adeptness.

Love those around you and trust those who see through you.

~Open Our Minds

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An experts idea or opinion is not nearly as powerful as scientific evidence; but absolutely never forget that without experiences, science probably would never have existed.

From the quote above, somebody may ask what it means or wonder about the relationship between an experts opinion and science. I will attempt to address this from my own perspective. If you have studied at university or college or have been exposed to the concept of scientific support, then you will know what I am talking about.

Almost everybody knows that there are five levels of scientific evidential support; but I will only focus on level 1 versus level 5. Think of level 1 as a very well peer-reviewed and vastly supported article and level 5 as an opinion coming from a regular person with learned innate experience. Before you pick a side or settle for both, think about how they are related to each other because I believe it is essential we understand it.

We live in a world of “support” in which science is praised and honoured. We tend to forget the amount of education we can attain from an enriched opinion that can be sought from a regular person on the street. This may be cliché but if you look in every direction you can see at least one potential person with the knowledge that can make enormous changes. This is due to the personal experience that each of us have gone through at any point in our lives. But in today’s society there is less and less “intuition” for what makes sense. Therefore, if somebody tells you their “experts” opinion that makes all the sense in the world, it may still require scientific support for people to even begin to acknowledge.

Do not get me wrong though, I absolutely love science because it gives us a sense of what works and what does not work. Science is an educational gift not only from one mind, but a combination of all intelligent minds; and we can never disapprove it. However, if you really think about it science can only educate us about what we “already” know. The world is forever-changing and it is not due to science but actually the personal opinions which will increase and improve our holistic knowledge.

Both personal experiences and science have a place in the world even if the latter is praised and honoured a lot more. We just have to always remember that our education from the perspective of science will always be limited but our personal experiences are not. For example, we have heard many cases and incidents about doctors telling patients that they will never be able to walk or run ever again after a drastic accident; but we all know that this isn’t true at all. This is a perfect example of the limitations of academic education even at one of the highest levels (Medical doctors). To put this example into perspective, THESE individuals are the people who you wish to seek when you have been given depressing answers and they have the potential to teach you strategies beyond the limits of science. Why? Because they have unique “details” and their “opinions” alone may weigh more than all of science. This is the definition of in-depth education.

Final note: We should be cautious when it comes to following through with ideas and opinions because not all of them are good and acceptable for you; but if it makes sense it does not hurt to try. Never underestimate its potential to changing your life.

~Open Our Minds

Science always came after experiences and… it still should.

In the world today we often forget and even neglect our intuition and favour what has already been done. We have learned to only follow what has been written on paper over time. The richness of our intuition has become poor and so I encourage you to be aware of these changes in yourselves and in others around you. We often find that when we converse with people we end up hearing or sensing the word or aspect of “rationality.” Rationality may not specifically mean science but it is also under the “follower” category mentioned above. “If it isn’t rational, it is BS!” This may be the trump card in many arguments or discussions and I totally agree. However, we cannot let what makes total sense trap our minds because it will become stale and repetitive. Instead, we have to become irrational to an extent in order to retain the free and ideal mind. Thus, there is no “new” learning from being rational or repetitive. It may help you succeed in arguments and discussions and learn how to be versatile in heated conversations in which facts are favoured, but it will never “educate” you. In other words, balance of the mind is the key.

Science is excellent and has been the revolutionary academic that helps us prove the adequacy or existence of various ideas from all of our unique minds. However, we must “never” forget that without experiencing something we do not trigger an idea worthy of scientific evidence. In other words, science can only “prove” what we experience and attempt to further investigate.

P.S. You can argue that you prefer things and ideas that are proven and have substantial back-up and evidence; however, never forget that new and pure knowledge only comes from experience.

Final note to take away: Personal experience is the greatest and most powerful educational tool; it can either allow you to become a teacher or… a sensei. Because there really are no such thing as “guru’s,” as personal experience and education is subjective.

~Open Our Minds