What are your thoughts on this admonishment, "Don't be so open minded that your

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  1. breathe2travel profile image81
    breathe2travelposted 7 years ago

    What are your thoughts on this admonishment, "Don't be so open minded that your brains leak out?"

    Other than it ending erroneously with a preposition, what are your thoughts on this admonishment?

  2. skgrao profile image69
    skgraoposted 7 years ago

    There is a limit for everything said as you say " Don't be so open minded that your brains leak out ".If you exceed a speed just so you can push your pedal down more you know what will happen.So don't be so open minded..........

  3. cam8510 profile image93
    cam8510posted 7 years ago

    I think open mindedness is a virtue.  In my view,  "Don't be so open minded that your brains leak out" is an extreme that would be very difficult to achieve.  Being open minded does not mean accepting everything equally.  To Me it means simply not judging another viewpoint.  We can hold to our own viewpoints without condemning others for theirs.

  4. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 7 years ago

    I think it is important for people to know themselves well enough to have boundaries, a basis for opinions, and the abililty to be decisive; however there is nothing wrong with being open-minded. This quality actually works toward learning new things and living a more fulfilled life as a result. The danger in the admonishment, although meant to encourage  decisiveness, is that it will serve to teach bias instead of equitability.

  5. sherrituck profile image84
    sherrituckposted 7 years ago

    Keeping an open mind to new ideas is important to the growth process.  However, we should never open our minds to the point that we forget valuable lessons that have been learned in the past.  Also, with so many different views being expressed in the world today, there is danger in that we may become confused.  As with all things, there must be balance.

  6. Alexander Mark profile image83
    Alexander Markposted 7 years ago

    I absolutely agree with that statement! For instance, it is good to have compassion for the enemy, but not to the point you endanger their victims or to the point you won't fight to stop them from destroying you.

  7. Randy M. profile image77
    Randy M.posted 7 years ago

    I view this statement as a warning to keep your center, remembering who you are.  Some people flit from this to that without having any clear sense of themselves, so in that case, the admonishment fits. 

    It could also be an insult, coming from a person with strongly conservation positions who believes that to consider another person's opinion, when it contradicts theirs, is out of the question. 

    I think the statement also ignores the factor of heart, where the heart overrules the mind.  Some people are more compassionate and less head-centered.  Centering your being on your heart is quite odd for those who believe that what we think and our opinions are who we are.  We are more than that, of course.

  8. Insane Mundane profile image60
    Insane Mundaneposted 7 years ago

    It reminds me of the notion that most lunatics are failed mystics...

  9. Eva Civo profile image67
    Eva Civoposted 7 years ago

    Be open to learning, but know what you think too- and why. That way, you can always refine your reasoning to include good and better information, growing wiser, but also discard nonsense when you encounter it. If you are closed minded, you'll never learn, if you have no personal view point you may be duped into some really dangerous or foolish pursuits.

  10. IDONO profile image76
    IDONOposted 7 years ago

    Being open minded does not make you a door mat. It means you are allowing more points of view in to help you end up with a more educated or informed decision of your own. By being closed minded, you are only cheating yourself by making decisions based on your own thoughts and opinions. I'm not that full of myself.
         Listening is not a commitment, nor a sign of ignorance. It doesn't mean that you have to agree or implement other peoples thoughts into your decisions. It merely means you know your own limitations and are willing to use all possible resources of information available to you. You can use that information or discount it, but at least you gave yourself a choice.

  11. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 7 years ago

    It's explaining what has happened to all the liberals. LOL  smile

  12. Barnsey profile image74
    Barnseyposted 7 years ago

    At first look it sounds idiotic, but after a moment or two to think about it there is a point to it. There is being open minded and then there is allowing yourself to be misled continuosly because you are making such a strong effort to be "open-Minded". My girlfriend is a good example of this. Dont tell her I said that, thank you.
    She has a habit of listening to whatever nonsense spills out of someone's mouth and taking it as gospel simply because they said so. This angers me to such a degree I grit my teeth and shake my head so hard i nearly get whiplash every time. There is no point in talking to her about it because the moment I do I am the party pooper, I am the wrench in the works, I am the bad guy and only for pointing out the obvious to someone blinded by her self righteous effort to be "open minded". Those brains may have leaked out a long time ago, not quite sure, lol!
    Again, lets not tell her I said that. Peace.

    1. breathe2travel profile image81
      breathe2travelposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Can I have her twitter handle?  wink  LOL

    2. Barnsey profile image74
      Barnseyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Why I oughtta...!

  13. That Grrl profile image81
    That Grrlposted 7 years ago

    Be open minded but don't be stupid about it. Use your common sense.

    I don't really understand what you were looking for when you posted this as a question.

    1. somethgblue profile image83
      somethgblueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you on that note, as I have never heard of this admonishment before today. Being open minded has nothing to do with your brain in the first place.

    2. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think it is clear. The poster just wanted to hear our comments. It is always fun and interesting to read what others have to say about things. As for myself, I'm enjoying all the comments.

  14. MarleneB profile image98
    MarleneBposted 7 years ago

    Simply, I think it means that it is important to hear other people's point of view and consider it important, but not to the point that you are no longer able to develop your own point of view.

    Oh, by the way, some grammar professionals believe that it is alright to end a sentence in a preposition, especially when common sense suggests it makes more sense to do so. Think about how the sentence would sound otherwise. Does it make more sense to say, "Don't be so open minded that out your brains would leak? Ha! No, that would just sound silly. I'm just sayin'... Nevertheless, I like your question. This is just me not letting my brains leak out.

  15. somethgblue profile image83
    somethgblueposted 7 years ago

    Of course being a narrow minded idiot isn't all it's cracked up to be and is what has gotten the sheeple to the point that they must ask such insipid questions, bravo!

    I applaud your ingenuity and creativity, asked like a true seeker of enlightenment!

  16. NateB11 profile image90
    NateB11posted 7 years ago

    It seems related to tolerance; we can be overly tolerant to the point of giving nothing people say and do any kind of good examination, we'd rather be tolerant than clear. In relation to this old saying, it's a way of being dumb, letting your brains leak out.

  17. ro-jo-yo profile image82
    ro-jo-yoposted 7 years ago

    At first it sounds like a fair enough statement, but as one ponders on that, I realize that a lot of the people are conditioned to believe certain things unquestionably, and therefore very closed minded. For example, there is 2 billion people that believe that one has to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, but in actuality the true name of the Messiah is Yehowshuwa.
    But people have been conditioned to believe what they are taught without proving if it is so, and when people are confronted with the truth, they choose to close their minds exactly what Satan, the Devil wants them to do, through the education system, man made doctrines of different religious sects, and through government.
    So I think being open minded may let your brain work without being restricted.

    1. somethgblue profile image83
      somethgblueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You write " they choose to close their minds exactly what Satan, the Devil wants them to do" this implies that you know exactly what the devil is thinking which of course leads one to logically conclude that you are Satan.

      Just keeping an open mind!

    2. ro-jo-yo profile image82
      ro-jo-yoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It states in the bible that Satan is out to deceive everyone, and that he was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.
      So if you do have an open mind,  then one should be always be seeking for the truth for themselves.

    3. somethgblue profile image83
      somethgblueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Could be that Satan wrote the Bible just to throw everyone off track?

    4. Insane Mundane profile image60
      Insane Mundaneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Satan is some boogy-boogy term some folks use to hate upon open-minded folks that are not dependent upon dogma dung and actually have the ability to be creative and think for their own selves without the need of silly Shamans, et cetera!  Excuses...

    5. ro-jo-yo profile image82
      ro-jo-yoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Certain parts of the bible have been intentionally mistranslated like the name of the Almighty Yehowah, which is replaced  with the word LORD But in the Hebrew scripts the name Yehowah is there. So I would say that Satan has manipulated certain parts

  18. lone77star profile image79
    lone77starposted 7 years ago

    Change can be good, but not all change. Changing your mind for the sake of changing it is ludicrous, just as being obstinate in the face of all evidence is also ludicrous.

    Truth cannot be found while we hold preconceived notions. Any good scientist will tell you that humility and restraint are the better part of curiosity.

    And, as Shakespeare told us through one of his most famous characters, Hamlet, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your world.

  19. RavenBiker profile image60
    RavenBikerposted 7 years ago

    Funny!  Never heard that one before!

    So is the opposite true?: "Don't be so closed mined that your brain rots"

    1. breathe2travel profile image81
      breathe2travelposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yep.  It's all about moderation/balance. smile

  20. austinhealy profile image69
    austinhealyposted 7 years ago

    In my modest opinion, there is such a thing as being narrow minded, I see it everyday, but I fail to see how can anyone could possibly be too open minded. In any case , open minded people make the world turn better than the alternative, in my opinion

    1. Insane Mundane profile image60
      Insane Mundaneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You can be too open towards a lot of things...  For example, many people's fidelity leaks out when their other half is too open.  Does that make sense?  LOL!

    2. austinhealy profile image69
      austinhealyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very funny, Insane Mundane, but when action takes over thoughts, it is no longer a state of mind, but a course of action, which by my standards is a different thing. smile

  21. breathe2travel profile image81
    breathe2travelposted 7 years ago

    As Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

 
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