The mark of a moral mind

There’s a really famous quote attributed to Aristotle that “the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”.

It’s wonderful. Certainly, to be a reasonable person you have to be able to consider other points of view objectively.

But what’s knowledge without heart, so I ask “What is the mark of a moral mind?”

I think the mark of a moral mind is the ability to be honest with ourselves when we don’t measure up. It’s the ability to entertain the thought that our previous disposition or beliefs may not be the right thing.

It’s tough. A theme that can’t be expressed enough is that we as human beings tend to struggle greatly with the ability to see ourselves as the bad guys.

Though it’s impossible to go through life never making a mistake. Growth is necessary and inevitable – or you fail.

How do you know if you’re on the right track? It should feel emotional. You should feel slightly uncomfortable, vulnerable, maybe even shameful. The truth of being a good person is that it shouldn’t always feel good. If it does, you’re not trying hard enough.

Remember: A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.