There is a dangerous little catchphrase that asks you to keep an open-mind.
This blog-post comes straight from my gut and is the subject of a recent discussion. It’s a subject near, and dear, to my heart only in that it makes me chuckle whenever I see someone proudly bandy the concept about.
Repeatedly, in the discussion, I was asked to keep an open-mind, a call to me to disregard whatever contrary opinion, views and even personal experiences I may have and accept another.
That term is an anti-concept. It is usually taken to mean an objective, unbiased approach to ideas, but often it is used as a call for perpetual skepticism, for holding no firm convictions and granting plausibility to anything.
We may find that a person is talking foolish nonsense (deliberately being closed-minded [irrational]) and our open mindedness does not demand that we continue to take him seriously.
‘Open-minded’ is a redundant word, consistently used by people who are the exact opposite of its supposed meaning. “You’re not open-minded. You’re closed-minded to logic and evidence” they even dismiss whatever you say as invalid, silly, pointless and wrap it up by calling you ignorant. But the use of these very words makes hypocrites of people who claim to be open-minded.
There is no open-mindedness. There is only rationality. Without rationality, open-mindedness let’s in both truths and falsehoods. Without rationality, close-mindedness keeps out dangerous lies as well as useful, life-changing, life-saving ideas. Rationality is the semi-permeable membrane of your mind.
Conversely, calling out someone as close-minded is generally a means of asserting that “I don’t like the fact that you’re proving me wrong, so I’ll pretend that your failure to agree with me is an ideological or philosophical defficiency” hence the use of the words ‘invalid’, ‘ignorant’.
Being open-minded means granting plausibility to anything while being rational means being objective and an accepting any argument presented with credible evidence.
If you’re reading this article with an open-mind then there is no argument. Even the feature image has nothing to do with the subject matter, but, keep an ‘open-mind’.