Being Open Minded… How Music directly correlates to open-mindedness.




Today I was just thinking about life, laying in my bed listening to the new mega playlist I created in Spotify.  Many of you have probably been wondering where I have been and why I have not been posting to the blog lately. Well, I have been pretty tied up learning new stuff. I have been learning graphic design with adobe illustrator through www.lynda.com ( I highly recommend them!) , I have also been bettering my Portuguese and listening to a lot of Brazilian music. Things have been very hectic lately, and they are bound to get even more intense, especially once I start learning Apple’s new programming language SWIFT; I am super excited.
Anyway now that I have clarified what I’ve been up to I want to emphasis that the age that we are living in is truly amazing! Humans have never had access to the vast amounts of information that we do. Honestly, it is boggling the amount of information I have access to at any given moment. I mean you have unlimited access to decades of news, books, music, you name it! Those of you who complain about not being able to learn the skill sets needed to achieve you goals are not being sincere with yourselves, or perhaps you are blinded by todays topic; close-mindedness.  
I cannot say that I have never found myself rejecting the ideas of others out of simple close-mindedness, however I almost always catch myself and reevaluate my position.
Today when I was laying in my bed listening to new music I realized something about others and myself. I realized that most people my age aren’t out there looking for new music (not new songs, but completely new genres of music). I posed the question to myself, why? Why do most people not continue seeking new music, as they grow older? I mean when you were a teenager you most likely were constantly listening to new things, experimenting, exchanging music with your friends and such, right?  Of course there too a line can be drawn, you were either the kind of teen who explored new music on your own, or you were the kind who simply listened to what was presented to you as “popular”.   Either way you were open-minded enough to give something new a try.
Sure, you rejected some genres we all have different tastes of music, but you gave it a shot. Heck, growing up I tired listening to rap, in fact I even liked some of the songs, but rock music had a much greater impact on me and I went in that direction instead (ironically, for those of you unaware I am Hispanic/Black). As I got older I continued to listen to rock but I never stopped shifting and listening to new genres, some sub-genres of rock others very different. Additionally, I realized I was not a gender specific music listener, I like listening to anything that I feel sounds good whether it be a death metal song about Vikings in battle carving out the hearts of their enemies or Madonna.
At first I didn’t notice but most of the people within my age bracket stayed within in the boundaries of the music they started listening to in their teen years. Possibly listening to new bands, new songs however keeping within the established margin. For me it is hard to tell how open-minded these people are because they are in or near my generation, additionally due globalization and the Internet the last few generations have managed to blend together (ages 18 – 28).
The correlation however does become obvious when we look at the previous generations. (ages 30 – 60). Those who never stopped teaching themselves new things and most of all continued venturing into new genres of music are significantly more open-minded. These people are usually up to date with current trends on the Internet as well. Why is that? Are these people just more susceptible to change? Are they simply more willing to pioneer new ideas or is their something else that keeps them open to accepting change?
Life is a game, I am sure you have heard this phrase before, and perhaps it is a bit cliché but I do believe and take it to heart! Life is a game and if you are not willing to update your software constantly you will become obsolete.  I have seen it happen, why do you think your parents listen exclusively to the same music they listened to several decades ago? Why do you think they struggle to adept to the rapid social changes that are occurring across the planet? Why do you think older people cling to their archaic religions, or don’t understand commonly accepted facts? They are running old software, they are falling behind, and the truth is once you fall behind, it is going to be extremely hard for you to get back up to date. Fuck, I read about 300 articles a day on blogs like Gizmodo, Big Think, Tech crunch, and life hack… humanity’s advancing so fast if you blink you’ll fall behind.
Let me ask you this… do you know any computer programming, do you know any advance mathematics, do you know about engineering, design, finance, medicine… What skillsets have you setout to acquire?   Because if you haven’t started, if you aren’t teaching yourself new skill everyday guess what? You are fucking falling behind, you are being closed-minded without even realizing it, and you are going to regret it within the next 5 years.
            So what can you do to change this? Get your suitcase, pack it and leave America, get the fuck out of your comfort zone, learn a new language; heck learn two… Start reading a fuckton, start with old books and work your way up to the modern shit, read blogs, read the news, ready about science. Open an account on a streaming service like Spotify and explore new music. Seek out people who have opinions that counter yours, don’t surround yourself with your own propaganda, you wont grow as a person that way… For example I listen to conservative talk radio in my car sometimes, even though I disagree with 85% of their talking points.
            Life is a game, and if you want to win you have to be up on that game, if you are up on that game you are bound to succeed, good luck.



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