Big Mind and Small Mind
First I must make it clear that how I view a big mind and a small mind is very different to how most people react to these words. For me a big mind is a person who can think for themselves with a individual spirit, and a small mind is a person who can compress all the knowledge that could possibly be compressed in their head with a group-think mentality.
With the next 9 days or so fully occupied with preparing for a college event, I am missing the quality of big minds I have come across on beBee and I also miss the big minds that have sailed on through my learning journey at college, but not quite settling where it is I am offline. Then there is my continued failure to read the works of big minds, actually paying more attention to the small minds of modern broadcast media.
In the perfect world, I would be in a room full of big minds and there are places like that offline but it is a blessing if one stumbles into that. It is not just living minds that are big, but the media we choose as our attention : I do think we diminish more when we are grateful for things that were always within our own reach and gratitude is big when we learn to see something that we would never have seen otherwise. That is invariably the gift that comes from the crossing and exchange of flow that is one big mind flowing through another. That diminishing is an element of our own ego because if we are humble there is no sense of life becoming a process of accumulating.
In this regard we can and sometimes do accumulate knowledge, like we accumulate possession. How heavy we can become in minds super compressed with knowledge, but not spending time to think through that compression. Our brains are gray matter rather than a diamond, and even the term "a rough diamond" is a curious way of describing our knowledge.
A diamond has material value but the gray jelly in our heads has life value and somehow we have managed to shrink that value when it comes how we think and question what we think. I have met many a learned professor with tightly compressed, full of quotable stuff and arguments, learned diligently and then in rote fashion, this is passed on to the younger generation, whose minds were actually shrunk by the shrink system we call education.
I want my mind to be forever flexible, for our minds were meant to be big, and that is what all those folds and foldings in our brains do - increase the actual surface area of our minds. Then how did we end up in a world of schooling that expects our jelly head to be a cut diamond - a showpiece rather than an existence. When we typically talk of a big mind, we are actually talking about a small mind, but when we talk of a small mind, we don't see that person is actually a bigger mind than we conceived. In this world of ours the pity is that appearances still matter, and as I lose the compression of my own knowledge - I gain the bigger mind, that one which we born to engage a life as big as we can humbly make it.