Many people misunderstand what it truly means to be able to have an open mind.
Being open-minded is much more important than people give
credit for and is something which can do all of us justice in our lives.
True open-mindedness is a blessing, not a curse, and can lead to
knowledge and enlightenment.
When presenting someone with information which makes them question
their beliefs, many people may come up with a rebuttal such as it may be good to have an open mind but not so open that your brain falls out. In reality, the only thing such rebuttals do is show how those people
fail to truly understand what it actually means to have an open mind
and are therefore not very capable of being open-minded themselves.
Being open-minded and being gullible are two very different things.
Being open-minded does not mean being gullible or suggestible and
neither does it mean blindly believing in something without having
supporting evidence. Being open-minded involves so much more than that.
Being truly open-minded means being able to open yourself up and
genuinely consider the possibility of the information you are being
presented with, regardless of whether it goes against your current
beliefs or not.
That doesn’t necessarily mean having a belief in the information you
have been presented with. It simply means having the ability to consider
all possibilities objectively and not to sway towards one particular
belief one way or the other, until you have enough information to be
able to come to an informed and educated conclusion.
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