You know what really grinds my gears?
A few weeks ago, I discussed how political and religious labels limit people’s actions and beliefs and how this causes people to become closed-minded. When I say “religious labels,” I’m not solely referring to Christians or Catholics, I’m also referring to Atheists, Mormons, Buddhists and any other religion people usually don’t take into consideration. Same goes for political parties, or any other group that you can think of. Every single religious and political group limits your thinking in some way, regardless of how popular, intelligent, or ridiculous they seem. People constantly confuse “closed-mindedness” with ignorance because both terms have a negative connotation associated with them.
For example, people constantly bash on Christians for being “closed-minded” because they are stereotypically known for trying to force their beliefs onto others and not accepting other explanations for why the Earth exists (i.e. the big bang theory). However, people don’t usually seem to associate atheists as being closed-minded individuals because their beliefs are based on science. Many people believe that if you are smart, you can’t be closed-minded, which I believe is complete BS.
I once met a (fairly intelligent) guy who told me that he wasn’t closed-minded because he believed that Adolf Hitler had some good qualities that made him a great guy. I respected his opinion, but when I tried explaining to him how I believed that having some “good qualities” doesn’t justify killing millions of Jews, he simply blew me off and tried saying that I was the closed-minded one because I was going along with the popular opinion.
To avoid being so closed-minded, people need to not only educate themselves, but also be willing to listen to others. We all need to stop letting our pride get in the way of agreeing with other people whose opinions differ from ours. Instead of shoving our opinions down people’s throats, we should listen more and keep our minds open.