There was once a man who built a house without a door. “ ‘nuff with doors”, he said. “I’m tired of being closed. Wanna be always open. Besides, I am an open-minded person.” The next day, he woke up unharmed and went to his office. When he got back at night, he saw some his stuff outside his gate and the interior of his house were all in chaos.” – Parable of the Doorless Man
If you were the neighbour of that man, what will you think of him? What will happen to your house if your door is open 24/7? Will you be safe if it’s open all the time? The answer is an obvious no.
Being always “open” both endangers you and others. Same with doors, a mind that’s always open all the time is risky, if not dangerous.
It’s obvious. Doors are security. We have doors because we need to close. We need security. We close doors because we believe that there are unsafe elements outside our doorsteps. Unless we believe that everything, including animals, are not totally depraved, there’s a time you close, and a time to open.
When you are asleep, you are vulnerable. The door serves as your protector. Otherwise, doorless doors will just be holes in the wall inviting thieves, even those who don’t plan to steal. So, you mostly shut the door not because you are “close-minded” or ill-mannered but because you need security and the peace of mind that goes along with it. Doors are security assets.
Just like doors, a mind should not be always open. Otherwise, harmful elements will come through and steal. On the other hand, it should not be always closed neither. You should not be open-minded nor close-minded.
The better alternative, I would say, is to be filter-minded. To be filter-minded is to have the ability to keep good ones in, and the bad ones out. To be filter-minded is to have the skill, the craft, the wisdom in the security of your house and the “house of your soul” which is the mind.
To filter, doors need filtering capacity. Many doors have “fish-eye lenses” or “peep-holes” because of the fact that not everyone who knocks at the door shall be opened. Especially when you are travelling as a tourist, you need the fish-eye hole to see who’s outside so you could filter who to accept or not. You need knowledge for decision making. In addition, doors are also needed to keep the precious assets and persons residing in the home.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; – Psalm 19:7 ESV
Hundreds of years ago, Psalm 119:7 captured this timeless wisdom well: “The word of the Lord is perfect… making wise the simple.” The word simple, in Hebrew, means “open-minded.” It’s a mind that is always open, to the point that even the unwanted stuff comes in. The word of God, does not make it closed either. The Word makes it wise. The Word gives it a superb filtering capacity.
Another term would be “wise.” Instead of an open mind, I think the best goal is to have a “wise mind.”- one that opens at the right time, and closes at the right time.
Doors keep the unwanted ones out, and the wanted ones in. There are doors that only allow pets and dogs to come in, and keep humans out. There are doors that keep waters out, just like the submarines’ under the ocean. There are doors that keep the vacuum out, just like the space ships’ in the outer space. Doors are filters for your own benefit.
Just like doors, our minds need a filter so it can keep the ill-elements out. Without a filter, our mind will suffer from lack of security. Without security, you will suffer harm.