What Does Being Open-Minded Mean?

March 24, 2011
By Anonymous

Who I was two years ago is completely different from who I am today. If you could peek into my mind from when I was 15 and then into my mind now, you would not believe I was the same person. And here's why.
My parents are die-hard liberals. Everything they believed was 100% democratic, and politics were (and still are) extremely important to them. And what they believed, they expected me to believe as well.
They shut out all other possible ways of thinking, going as far as calling other people's opinions "wrong" or "crazy.” My parents are as close-minded as it gets.
I was sucked into it all. I believed everything they believed without even stopping to think for myself. The way they put it, since I was young, is that what they said was right, and all things Republican were evil.
After months of trying to convince other people that Obama was always right, I met a certain someone who saved me from a lifetime of close-mindedness.
He and his parents were conservative-Republicans. Everything I preached to him about what I believed was the opposite of what he thought. He found counterpoints to all of my blind arguments and convinced me to open my mind a little.
Now, I didn't care for what he said at first. At all. But after awhile, I began to see how misguided my parents were in thinking they were right and everybody else was wrong.
I didn't start to suddenly agree with him just because he was my boyfriend. Instead, I simply started to see things from both sides. From health care to guns, to things other than politics, I saw both sides. Then, and only then, did I make my decision on what I thought.
Turns out I have more Republican views than Democratic. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
So, what does it exactly mean to open your mind? It means to be able to see issues from all possible sides and to open your mind to beliefs other than your own. It doesn't mean to completely change your opinions. It doesn't mean to go along with what anyone else says just because he or she is your parent, sibling, significant other, etc. Just think for yourself. Look at the facts, not the opinions, to form your own thoughts.

The author's comments:
This is in no way supposed to be an insult to anybody's views or politics. No one's opinion is right or wrong, whether you be Democratic or Republican, Christian or atheist, young or old. Everybody should just open their mind a little to other possiblities.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Apr. 22 2011 at 4:16 pm

This was excellent! I'm so glad that you learned the truth about liberal then believing everything shoved down your thoat by the liberal media.

We need more teenagers like you who will wake up and see the truth.

on Apr. 14 2011 at 8:17 pm
K.a.t.h.l.e.e.n. SILVER, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
See everything, Overlook a lot, Correct a little.

This piece has an excellent message, you did a wonderful job! Everyone can learn from this piece, conservatice or liberal. Many of my liberal friends (I know, a conservative in Massachusetts?! who would have known! haha), believe that I share similar opinions with my parents just because they are my parents. I'm so lucky to have parents like mine because they encourage me to make my own opinions. I didn't realize how much I took their encouragement for granted! Thanks for letting me see their open-mindedness! Keep Writing! :)

on Apr. 11 2011 at 12:54 am
Treefiddy BRONZE, Tarzana, California
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That's the spirit! The difference between Conservatives and Liberals is that it takes a lot of work to be a Conservative today. All of Hollywood, most of the media, the schools, the universities, the arts are dominated by the left in the United States and the West in general. You can go your entire life as a liberal without having to confront conservative ideas because you generally have to go out of your way to hear opposing arguments. This is also a reason why conservatives tend to be better debaters (in my opinion) because we are constantly exposed to the liberal's ideas while they never hear anything other than their own.

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