Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Importance Of Being Open-Minded

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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