What exactly is wrong with being narrow-minded?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by greenberg, May 18, 2008.

  1. greenberg

    greenberg until the end of the world

    There is the view that being narrow-minded, rigid is negative in some way, wrong, bad.


    Question:

    What exactly is wrong with being narrow-minded?
    What exactly is wrong with having a rigid mind?
     
  2. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    Being narrow-minded implies that one is not open to new ideas. This entails a belief that one already knows all there is to know which betokens ignorance.


    A rigid mind is not open to change. It can lead to fanaticism.
     
  3. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

     
  4. Arkantos

    Arkantos Registered Senior Member

    Whenever you accept some ideas you're simultaneously closing yourself off to others.

    Calling people narrow minded or saying that someone is not open minded is basically an insult people throw at others when they can't convince them to accept their views.

    It's like who are you trying to kid man? lulz
     
  5. Mrs.Lucysnow

    Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

    What exactly is wrong with being narrow-minded?

    Well thoughts specifically new ones cannot get through because the space is sooo narrow.

    What exactly is wrong with having a rigid mind?

    A rigid mind is like an atrophied muscle, suffering from lack of movement. It lacks flexibility.
     
  6. clusteringflux

    clusteringflux Version 1. OH!

    "Some people are so open minded that it seems their brain has fallen out."
     
  7. Mrs.Lucysnow

    Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

    (Offers open hand)

    Here you dropped a few.
     
  8. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    To drop something entails having that something in the first place. Can you be sure he dropped anything ?
     
  9. clusteringflux

    clusteringflux Version 1. OH!

    High five! Your jokes suck.
     
  10. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    Thanks. We aim to please.
     
  11. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Philosophically speaking there is nothing WRONG with closed mindedness. And people can be closed minded by choice. Let's say if I am happy the way i think and the way how things go, what is the purpose of opening my mind up and most likely screw things up? (based on the what is not broken let's not fix)
     
  12. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    Look at the Amish people. To many they are "narrow minded" but they have survived these many centuries without failing in their ways as yet. Should they be ridiculed for their so called narrow mindedness or complimented for being so ecologically aware?:shrug:
     
  13. Archie

    Archie Registered Senior Member

    We are all 'narrow-minded' about something or other. I refuse to consider breathing water or eating dog droppings, for instance. (But if 'open-mindedness' is your nee plus ultra, you go right ahead and give it a whirl, bunky.)

    Usually when someone accuses another of 'narrow-mindedness' they are simply berating that other of not agreeing. Much like when a politician says, "We have to come together!" he or she is really saying, "You're going to do it MY way!"

    Looking about the world, there are those who claim to 'seek answers'. However, when they find someone with an answer, even an answer that fulfills the conditions of the question and actually functions, the 'seeker' refuses the answer on grounds of personal preference and then claims the person with the answer is closed or narrow minded.

    That cracks me up.
     
  14. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    It may be a co-incdence but depressiuon is significntly higher among Amish men than it is among non-Amish/
     
  15. EndLightEnd

    EndLightEnd This too shall pass.

    Theres nothing WRONG with being narrow-minded.

    But it wouldnt be my choice. ;-)
     
  16. Mrs.Lucysnow

    Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

    Archie: We are all 'narrow-minded' about something or other. I refuse to consider breathing water or eating dog droppings, for instance. (But if 'open-mindedness' is your nee plus ultra, you go right ahead and give it a whirl, bunky.)

    Since when did 'narrow minded' imply lack of discrimination?
     
  17. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    Sice trhe narrowminded denied themselves choice.
     
  18. PsychoticEpisode

    PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today

    Thank God I'm narrow minded:D
     
  19. Myles

    Myles Registered Senior Member

    Did you choose narrowmindedness or was it an act of god that struck you down.

    All Hail the Days of Tight -fitting Shoes for Their Soles Shall Perish Not from Wearing !

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  20. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    Narrow minded could also be from lack of education as well or bad education.
     

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