I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
Posted by coltinhanson on May 6, 2014
“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” G.K. Chesterton
It’s interesting to me to hear people talk about keeping an open mind when an open mind is impossible in my opinion. While considering sides on a particular philosophy, lets just say the issue is left versus right, you are always going to prefer one side to the other. Just because the majority of people feel one way, doesn’t make your mind any more open than theirs. By considering and believing in one side, you are closing off your mind to the counter argument…which would mean your mind is closed. A true open mind would result in not having an opinion on anything. We are all judgmental whether we want to admit it or not and not all judgment is wrong. While intensity of this varies from person to person, by judging people, movies, outfits, religion, music, dental floss, values, ideology, blah, blah, and blah, we are essentially making ourselves closed minded because of choice. It would be miserable to not be able to make up your mind…you wouldn’t be able to construct an identity which is only possible with beliefs, preferences, and conclusions.
Being considerate or tolerant of others is a much more possible alternative in my opinion. Not making snap judgments and acting on those judgments is key…investigate further then make up your mind. While this is not strictly pop culture related, I think it is somewhat relevant to the subject. We each have our own ideas that we project through the Internet in our social media posts, which presents other Internet users with the opportunity to judge us as individuals and it gives businesses the chance to analyze us as consumers. The websites we visit, the content we absorb, and the impressions we takeaway are all influenced by our interests, which run hand-in-hand with our thoughts and personal belief system.