Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

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.




2 Responses to “I would love to hear your thoughts on this!”

  1. muranfox said

    Very interesting! I think what it comes down to is personal definitions. When people say open-mind, they really mean they are “accepting” individuals. If someone truly was to be open-minded, they would be a rather boring person to talk to, because that, to me, means they have no base. No firm belief or mindset, and if you think at all, you have to have some sort of belief. To be truly open-minded to me really implies that you do not really think. But I do not think having a specific belief makes you close-minded, it all comes down to your interaction with others.

  2. hatim105 said

    “A true open mind would result in not having an opinion on anything.” true, but it sure helps to make up your mind on something if you have all the facts checked and not make up one on the spot for the wrong reasons. And I don’t personally beleive that changing your mind on something contradicts the wholesome of your identity. Facts change. Minds should too. Many did over the course of history. Part of having an open mind at all times is so you can re-consider everything. Questioning everything can be exhausting, but the outcome will almost always be mature and educated.

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