We’re simply not interested. We know what we know, so why would we have an open mind?
As the child, of course I paid little attention to it, but as the adult I have learned how important it is. Having an open mind not only allows us to understand what goes on in our reality so that we give ourselves the opportunity to make sense of the world around us, but it also opens our minds to the possibilities that we may hear what other people have to say, whether we choose to accept what they say or not.
For me having an open mind is part of the independent scenario. Being independent gives me freedom of choice, freedom to choose my beliefs and freedom to choose how I incorporate those beliefs into my realities. Having an open mind also opens the floodgates for me to embrace new beliefs, so that I can learn and change my perceptions on how I view and deal with what’s going on in the world.
I believe that when we make sense of the world, we’re more likely to want to take the appropriate action to live more fulfilling lives. It also means that on some level we’re willing to adjust our own beliefs, so that we’re also able to at least think about other people’s beliefs, even if we don’t agree with them.
Finally, to have an open mind, we must first make a distinction between our beliefs and the truth. Once we’ve made the distinction, we have the opportunity for emotional growth.