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Mindsets Higher Than The Highest Wall

Updated on February 3, 2012
Ideas trying to reach out
Ideas trying to reach out
Don't be trapped by your own prejudices
Don't be trapped by your own prejudices

Ever had a conversation with someone only to realize that they are even against ideas that make sense, and work only because it goes against some well established belief on their part. Last Christmas I found a card that had the word "Peace" on the cover, and just because that particular word disagreed with one of my family member's political viewpoint, I had to choose another card instead of that one. Peace, the long cherished dream of many has become a political buzz word for some people. The member of my family that objected to using that card is very conservative in his political beliefs, and felt that the word peace is used a lot by liberal activists, therefore, he did not want his Christmas cards to be associated with that word. This type of thinking does not only affect Christmas cards, but many other areas of his life as well such as: movie choices, news channel preferences, how we express ourselves when talking about anything even remotely politically related, when around this person.

Mindsets are higher than walls, because when someone is fixed on a set of ideas, there is no reasoning with them. They will hold true to their beliefs, whether or not they are right. You do not want to argue with someone that thinks this way. It's like their mind is in some prison and they can't think outside their little four walled, two by four, well established set of ideas. Unfortunately, it is this type of mentality that has dominated most of society throughout history. Ever wonder why prejudice based on externals such as the color of one's skin, or where a person comes from creates certain judgments on the part of many people. Judgments not based on that person's actions, or character, but merely on externals. Many people including ourselves, have often suffered because of having to deal with closed minded individuals. Mindsets can be very dangerous if that person is in a position of leadership. History is defined by people suffering unjustly, due to negative mindsets, on the part of those in leadership.

However, let us not give ourselves immediate credit for being open minded, believe or not, we all have our mindsets. Therefore, it is important that we educate ourselves, and learns all the facts before coming to a hasty conclusion. After all, doesn't everyone deserve a fair evaluation. Next time you object to something, ask yourself why. Is it because of a well founded reason, or simply because that is how you always react to that idea. It is important to avoid mindsets in our search for truth. After all, isn't about finding the truth.


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    • Internetwriter62 profile image

      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you Benny, I appreciate your insight, because you are right it does produce growth to challenge one's beliefs, at the very least it lets one understand an opposing viewpoint without prejudice.

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      BennyTheWriter 7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Great hub, great title. It's incredible what damage beliefs--and not so much the beliefs, but the close-minded tenacity with which we claim and identify with them--can do to relationships. Political, philosophical and religious beliefs can be particularly divisive.

      You make an excellent point when you say we should challenge our beliefs. It's uncomfortable, but it causes growth and makes us stronger. Even if we end up retaining our beliefs, we would have a better understanding of WHY we believe what we believe.

      Awesome first hub : )

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      suramahe 7 years ago

      Hi, good start...I like your writing style. Keep up the good work...!!!