I love this paragraph about keeping your mind and perception of things open. It reminds me of how, when talking to somebody about music, if they utter the phrase “I listen to everything but rap and country” I immediately write them off as useless.
But avoiding the trash makes you miss truly astonishing moments of truth, genius, and invention. If you shut your mind to science fiction, you’re never going to read The Martian Chroniclesor The Left Hand of Darkness. If you think murder mysteries are airport garbage, then you’re denying yourself The Horizontal Man or The Daughter of Time. If movies begin at Ozu and end at Roemer for you, then the subversive brilliance of Deathdreamand Rat Pfink a Boo Boo will leave you in the dust. Die-hard rock-and-rollers will never discover Biz Markie’s The Biz Never Sleeps. Indie music hard-liners rarely venture into country music territory. Too bad—Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Waylon Jennings’s Honky Tonk Heroes are as essential asLast Splash and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
That’s good advice for anything. People would be better off if they learned to say yes more. In all facets of life.