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(Open-mindedness is not a power.)

Hold up your hand.
Straighten it and make a fist. That arm is a solid structure, a column of cells, a staff.
It's simply a cylinder, and that is all.


(Open mindedness is not a force.)

Go up to a trashcan, place your hands on its side, and shove as hard as you can.
Try it. Watch the trashcan fly, its lid clanging open and its guts spilling over the pavement.
You did that. Notice the veins bulging from your arms.
Do you feel at peace?


(Open-mindedness is not a form of knowledge.)

These I know to be true: the sky is blue, blood is red, and the Earth is round.
"Do you deny sunsets, then? Do you expect only oxygen, and disregard calculus?"


      ......Please stop.

      i dont want to be wrong, its embarrassing






Now go outside.


Imagine yourself immersed in sky, wrapped in the great blue blanket.
There are thousands of clouds above you, some heavy with rain and others bursting with sunshine, and seagulls dip and dive around you. They peck at your face and defecate on your skin,
and you are not made of steel. It hurts, it burns, it colors your cheeks and makes you want to
close up and
drop,
away from the gulls, the harsh sky.


But don't.


Instead,
hold up the fist that you made earlier, the one now covered in scrapes, cuts and seagull excrement.
What's there? An arm and a fist, as it was before and will always be.


Now cup your hand to the sky.


What's there?

What's inside your palm?

Not power, not a force, not even the air racing through your fingers.

Do you want to know?













It's everything.





(Open-mindedness is freedom.)
And so much of open-mindedness is being okay with being wrong.

And my gosh, that's a hard one,
but my gosh,
it feels SO good when you admit it.


P.S. Heavily influenced by Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. :heart:


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thredd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
thankyou
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lonewolfpuppy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is incredible. You took me on a well-written, influential journey in such a short amount of words.
I cannot get over how much I love this. Thank you for posting it! :heart:
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting! I really appreciate it. :)
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lonewolfpuppy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was my pleasure! :)
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Right. I'm nominating this for a feature.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks!! :)
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Li-flower Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
This is so true and a beautiful piece.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you!
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legomaestro Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant poem
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks! How did you find it?
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legomaestro Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The DA news thing that appeared
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JohrnyReport Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perfect divinition off every artist, that ever have existed
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks!
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Zaleho Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah, that was absolutely amazing. The visuals were so simple but so perfect and easy to read, too. Bravo!
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you!
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kenna20 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
you make me pleased and Furious at the same Time.

for years i have Tried to Convey a Message similar to this.

i am Pleased i Finally read the words that match my thoughts.
but i am Furious i never managed to find those words before you wrote them.

Either way, Salute to you!
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
Wow, thank you very much for the kind words! I really appreciate it.
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I've already crossed this step on the Path to Freedom. But thanks for the landmark, anyway. :wave:
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
Haha, that's good to hear. ;)
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ohmystarrylies Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is so beautiful.

that's all i can think of to say.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Writer
That's all I could ever want or hope for. :heart:
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Sepulchral-Roses Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that I need to admit this to myself. And I don't know how.

And I'm really really glad that you wrote this, and I think that honestly, more people need to think this way.

[I also think that I need to read that book.]
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Writer
It's...phew, it's hard. I can't tell you how.
I had to go through a really, really tough experience. And I'm not going to tell you to go out and let yourself be cut down so you can find freedom.

Gosh, thank you so, so much!! I wish more people were as nice as youuuuu. :blush:

You do.
It is life changing.
(And that's putting it lightly.)
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Sepulchral-Roses Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think for me it'll be especially hard - I despise admitting I'm wrong, but I'm pretty much open to everyone's opinions. I just put mine above theirs in my head [never out loud] unless they have a reallyreallyreally great argument. Which is rather rare. :/

It's not a good thing, but hey, that's life.

(: You're welcome! If only everyone was as sweet as youare...

[It's on my list - I can't wait for things to calm down at school after midterms - too much hard work, being a senior. i'd recommend not attempting five aps. it's just stupid... - I want to read again, it's been too long. Siddharta is on the top of my list.]
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proudeyesneverlie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
don't you love beautiful literature that changes everything? :heart:

this is wonderful. this is something i always want to remember. this is something i want to share with everyone i meet.
thank you.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Writer
...WHAT?!?! :faint:

I can't believe that you found so much inspiration in a piece that I initially didn't care for! My god...it truly goes to show ya', one man's trash is another's treasure. Jesus Christ...

It...it just astounds me that I would receive this kind of a comment, especially from you, whom I respect greatly as a poet. I love to dish these kind of comments out to well-deserving poets, as I love encountering pieces that leave me wet-eyed and in love, but...
I just never expected to leave that kind of impresion on someone else.

Thank you for giving this piece such a special place in your heart, and thank you for taking the time to comment. You're wonderful beyond words. :heart:
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proudeyesneverlie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
i'm not trying to sound egotistic by saying this, i'm really not, but i know what you mean. sometimes i'll write things that i feel almost indifferent about, and i'm amazed by the reaction it gets... and it goes the other way too: sometimes the pieces i love the most are the ones that don't get much recognition. people are interesting. x3

you never really know how you're affecting another person with your words, you know? and i can tell you honestly that this has truly affected me, whether or not you thought it would reach someone =)

no need to thank me, really. and don't be silly, you're the wonderful one. <3 i'm just being honest and rambling about things that i love.
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IAmSniper007 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"Not power, not a force, not even the air racing through your fingers."

I always get excited when I see that you've posted something. Your pieces are always so wonderful, and have such meaning behind them. :heart:
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Writer
...I...I don't know what to say. You honor me with such a comment! My goodness. Thank you, and I mean that with all my heart. It's things like this and wonderful people like you that assure me that I'm not wasting my time by writing. Thank you thank you thank you. :heart:

And happy belated new year as well! :party:
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IAmSniper007 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you never feel like you're wasting your time. I can only speak on behalf of myself, but your writing is inspiring. :heart:

And a happy new year to you, too, darling! :w00t:
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Original-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Do you have to continue being awesome even when everyone has acknowledged it? :lmao: Just kidding. Wonderful and inspiring as always. :hug:
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Writer
Oh HUSH. This is simply a cliche collection of thoughts hastily assembled in Mrs. O'Brian's class. Nothing worthy of that kind of praise, Princess Rachie-poo! ;)
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Original-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I hope Mrs. O'Brian sees this and knows the plight we suffer.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Writer
I SHOULD PRINT HER OUT A COPY. Wink wink nudge nudge, bitch. Liven up. :XD:
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Original-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:XD: You DARE to speak to your mistress in that tone of voice? I'll call your mother!
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