Meg's thoughts that people associate with like minds (3.29.01) reminds me that people often idolize like minds as well. Daniel Boorstin's thoughts on celebrity: "...the celebrity is usually nothing greater than a more-publicized version of us." If our associates and idols are mirrors, how can we ever change our reflections? Seung Sahn said, "The one who praises you is a thief. The one who criticizes you is your true friend." And Amazon.com said, "people who like this book also purchased..."

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Like Meg says, I think it is good to look at things at a different angle and to face people who have opinions and thought processes that are different from yours. You should also read books that give arguments for the other side of the coin. But many people are so set in their ways (witness Politically Incorrect and The O'Reilly Factor) that their brains are closed and they are not willing to change their opinions anyway. What does that mean? I guess that the most important thing is to have an open mind and to be willing to change your ideas and opinions if you find something that is better and makes more sense.

I'm not sure if that relates to idolizing like minds. When I think about the people who I idolize, it is the people who are iconoclasts and are willing to take the unpopular route if the status quo doesn't fit with their beliefs. People like Abe Lincoln and Kathie Lee Gifford (ok, maybe not her).
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