I don’t get it, and maybe because I’m open minded. Yeah, I won’t be modest, I’m open minded and I’m proud. I don’t understand why people have to be prejudice, and angry, and destructive, and closed off, and vindictive and all these raging characteristics. To me close mindedness is most obviously being closed off to others’ beliefs, and these people only realize/acknowledge their own beliefs/values. Don’t get me wrong, I have my personal set of beliefs and values, ethics and morals, but it doesn’t mean I’m not open to others’ opinions and ‘suggestion’, if you will. I’ll let people speak, I’ll let people “put in their two cents”, because you know what? They are entitled to it. I may not agree with what others say, I may even disagree, but I will not be as follows:
1) I will not be offensive, I will listen. I will put my opinion in, if you ask or I think necessary.
2) I will not judge you. You are you. I am me. We live in the same world, so some how we must get along.
3) I’ll learn what I can. I will be open minded. I may not accept it, but I will not refuse your belief/opinion/value. I may not like it, but it’s not mine it’s yours.
4) As long as you are not harmful to others, or my loved ones, I will let you carry on.
5) I will not be my father.
To live with someone so close minded, the absolute extreme would be like living with Hitler. Absolute obedience. No opinion. Do what your told, no questions asked, no objections. You are MY beliefs. To be so closed minded around people you love, there is no doubt about it, you will hurt them in the end.
The world is an enormous entity, if we don’t learn how to open our minds, and most importantly, our hearts, we are doomed to endless destruction caused by ourselves.
And for all you closed minded people who read this, well your probably won’t for one, but if you do, you most likely won’t understand, because well…you’re close minded. Which in its own is a ‘belief’, I guess. But I’ll let you be, because well…I’m open minded. I may not agree with you, but you are you. I’ll acknowledge you. Just think though, if the entirety of the world was like you, we’d be no where. No one would explore the possibilities. The possibilities in art, music, science, literature. Everything would be the same. Everyone would be the same. The world would be one gray circle.
For all the open minded people, all I can say is keep it up. Keep opening your mind to new ideas, new things, new beliefs, new people. Because from every point, you are smarter, and kinder, and more understanding, you will continue to see the world for what it is. Beauty and cruelty, love and hate, and all other contradictions. But you see more than your neighbor who refuses to acknowledge things outside their bubble of knowledge. Very limited they are. But you, you are, and you have been, limitless.