What does it mean to you to be “Open minded?”
This question was asked in a FB group that I am in... my response is below...
Do you agree, disagree, have something to add or to take away? Or do you have another perspective, concept?
“To me... it means to not pass judgment or come to a conclusion; without understanding all angles & possibilities first. To give something a fresh perspective of freethinking, that might in the short term & long term be rewarding &/or enjoyable to myself & others.”
I hate this term. Yet another on my list of intellectual buzzwords (logical, rational, nuanced) of which is almost universally misunderstood when used as a label. In a nutshell, these things are demonstrated only in practice, PERIOD. A few would NEVER use such terms as a label because they know it's not true, and everyone else doesn't know what the hell they are talking about.
Open minded. Its one of those terms which has a differing definition depending on who you ask.
For me, my interpretation of the term could be labeled open ended skeptism. The big question marks in life (god, prayers, etc) get a simple "I don't know". It starts off with "that does seem an asinine proposition", but since it can't be concluded to my satisfactory, the problem remains open ended and I move on.
This is in stark contrast to what "open minded" tends to mean in the wild. One is almost always starting at a conclusion, and fitting the "evidence" they accept around this endpoint. A problem of particular potency today with the mass inability to discern intellect from charisma in the online realm. It just takes one knowledge ignorant camera friendly jackass on YouTube painting a narrative under the guise of "asking questions" to hook people in. A disease that infects the mind far beyond the often benign topics of which they originate (conspiracy theories generally). If you question the official 9/11 story, what's to stop you from questioning climate science?
This term, at best, is annoying. At worst, it's part of the disease that is slowly rotting away all we have been conditioned to take for granted.
If you're referring to arts/entertainment I agree whole-heartedly. For any other venue, I have the knee jerk reaction of 'just what is it you're trying to sell?'. Most other times I've encountered this or a similar statement it's being used as a defense after facts contradicting an assertion are presented.
One of the great quotes from Princess Bride, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." While the rest of us can probably agree that it means able to delay judgment until all the facts are in, there are also those who will likely inaccurately describe themselves as such, in much the same way as some say they have a sense of humor or can take bad news when experience and history indicate otherwise.
I never say it. I'm not sure if it's true.
When I hear others say it about themselves... I usually get the idea they think they are superior to most people and are about to defend their position and explain how they arrived at it and why anyone who doesn't agree with them is stupid and closed minded.
Most of the time when people begin by describing themselves to me, they are telling me what they want me to believe about them, whether it's true or not.
If it was self evident they wouldn't have to go around announcing it. Also in this category are folks who announce their faults loudly and proudly thinking that exonerates their crappy behavior. As if knowing you're an asshole and alerting everyone makes your behavior any less boorish. Nope.