Is it even possible to be completely "open-minded"?

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I'm asking because there came a point in my life where I began to value being open-minded and that was at about age 18... so half a lifetime ago at this point.

Now, with hindsight at my disposal, I can pinpoint a number of ways that I actually wasn't open-minded. Sure in some aspects I was But not so much in others. Thus the word "completely" is the word we are considering here.

If you go back in time to any given point on the timeline between now and when I was 18 and asked me the question "Do you consider yourself open minded?" I wouldn't have hesitated to emphatically say yes. But it is clear to me now that I absolutely was not. I still feel that I am but in ten years time I bet I will be able to pinpoint another way in which I was not.

So now I'm wondering if it is even possible to be completely open-minded? What do you think?

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Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:06 pm

Not with a close-minded attitude like that.
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Real answer: I think everyone has at least one thing that they will be inheriently hesitant to accept unconditionally. What's important is that you can see that you've grown in the last 10 years, and that you know you'll continue to grow and be able to look back on today and see that growth in the future.
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SAWCE wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Real answer: I think everyone has at least one thing that they will be inheriently hesitant to accept unconditionally. What's important is that you can see that you've grown in the last 10 years, and that you know you'll continue to grow and be able to look back on today and see that growth in the future.
This hits the nail on the head. I think being open-minded doesn’t mean in the present or wholely. I think what’s best, like :sawce: said, is being “open-minded” to learning from mistakes and growing as a result. By that logic, it is never a 0% or 100% but progression from 0.00000001% to 99.99999999% throughout life.
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no, everyone's lens threw viewing life is different.
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The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.

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troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
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The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
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SAWCE wrote:
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Not with a close-minded attitude like that.
Ha!

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troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
So no mind equals open mind?

:mindblown:

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Thedude wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:00 pm
troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
So no mind equals open mind?

:mindblown:
I mean, if you have thoughts on anything then those thoughts influence how you think about anything else. :iono:

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troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:09 pm
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So no mind equals open mind?

:mindblown:
I mean, if you have thoughts on anything then those thoughts influence how you think about anything else. :iono:
I see. This implicitly separates memory from intellect. Removing all memory or totally erasing mind creates the blank canvas from which the intellectual aspect of the mind can be open... if only for a while...

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^More I think about this the more I like it. From a reincarnation perspective... if you're open to that...it makes total sense why we're typically born without memory of past lives as it'd be nearly impossible to have a chance at having an open mind otherwise.

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SAWCE wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:06 pm
Not with a close-minded attitude like that.
:bravo:
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Thedude wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:55 pm
^More I think about this the more I like it. From a reincarnation perspective... if you're open to that...it makes total sense why we're typically born without memory of past lives as it'd be nearly impossible to have a chance at having an open mind otherwise.
So who, or what, is responsible for that memory wipe?
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wap wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Thedude wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:55 pm
^More I think about this the more I like it. From a reincarnation perspective... if you're open to that...it makes total sense why we're typically born without memory of past lives as it'd be nearly impossible to have a chance at having an open mind otherwise.
So who, or what, is responsible for that memory wipe?
This actually ties to a conversation we were having earlier. What we can say for sure is that our mind is an accumulation of memories and experiences. It is yours but not you.

In rare circumstances you hear about people that are somehow able to bring with them the memories/experiences of past lives. Some of these cases are well documented. I think that remembering is the exception and it is the individual being that is somehow responsible for (intentionally or unintentionally) carrying those memories/experiences with them, rather than someone/something being responsible for wiping it.

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Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:49 pm

SAWCE wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Real answer: I think everyone has at least one thing that they will be inheriently hesitant to accept unconditionally. What's important is that you can see that you've grown in the last 10 years, and that you know you'll continue to grow and be able to look back on today and see that growth in the future.
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troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
:mindblown:
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troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
:mindblown:

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Bender wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:29 pm
troyguitar wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:24 pm
The only way to be entirely open-minded is to have no thoughts at all.
:mindblown:
:dat:

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wap wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Thedude wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:55 pm
^More I think about this the more I like it. From a reincarnation perspective... if you're open to that...it makes total sense why we're typically born without memory of past lives as it'd be nearly impossible to have a chance at having an open mind otherwise.
So who, or what, is responsible for that memory wipe?
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chem trails. duh
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What if we are just animals who evolved like everything else and were born by chance and will die and turn to dust?

I mean, I'd like to think we are something special but it's all just unjustified wishful thinking trying to give meaning to the meaningless

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KYGTIGuy wrote:
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What if we are just animals who evolved like everything else and were born by chance and will die and turn to dust?

I mean, I'd like to think we are something special but it's all just unjustified wishful thinking trying to give meaning to the meaningless
This is my general belief but I think that because life is so transient the only way to truly extend life is through (hopefully) positive influence on others.
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KYGTIGuy wrote:
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What if we are just animals who evolved like everything else and were born by chance and will die and turn to dust?

I mean, I'd like to think we are something special but it's all just unjustified wishful thinking trying to give meaning to the meaningless
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Back on topic, the best way to keep an open of a mind as possible is to just listen to what the other person has to say. Don't interrupt, or project body language showing disbelief, or offense, just listen.
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That's in person, the internet it totally different. It's ok to go all out in regards to name calling.
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