Wisdom of Quotations - by Ralph Marston  

Posted by Plato Greybeard

At the discussion on August 1, we examined what it means to have an open mind. It was generally agreed that this entailed a willingness to examine one’s own set of beliefs about a particular topic. However, there are several impediments to doing this, such as ego, pride, fear of being seen as weak or vacillating or simply a lack of interest in examining others‘ viewpoints.

One does not have to change one’s belief in order to be considered as having an open mind. After considering a particular viewpoint and deciding to keep your original concept intact, you have at least been open-minded enough to consider the issue, so you cannot be faulted for not changing.

The discussion continued by examining what might be sufficient rationale for holding a belief. If one continues to hold a concept when there is objective evidence to the contrary, would that indicate a closed mind? Who or what is to be considered a legitimate authority in establishing objective evidence? Is faith alone sufficient to justify retaining a belief? On these points, there was not general agreement, nor is there likely to be at anytime in the foreseeable future.

This entry was posted on August 13, 2010 at Friday, August 13, 2010 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .


Post a Comment