“What if someone expresses a lame idea? If you tell yourself, “This guy’s a fool,” or “That’s a stupid idea,” what have you received? Nothing. A small pain, a wince, and a living confirmation of the world’s uselessness and the tribulations of your job.
If you simply tell yourself that you are the smarter person, you might stoke up your ego by a smidgen and feel a bit of pleasure. You gain nothing of value, however. You also incur the cost of adding a new little lump of fat on your already-plump ego. That’s not smart.
Alternatively, you could be receptive to the idea. You could investigate this puzzle further. You could ask yourself, “Why would an otherwise normal human being, a creature who can think, present me with this lame idea?”
Now you have posed an interesting question. Through your Receptivity, you have created an opportunity to grow smarter.”
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