This is a topic I was thinking about last night and I realized that this community is probably one of the best places to discuss it.
Ever since I was young, it seems like there's always been a general mentality that being "open-minded" is "good" and that being "close-minded" is "bad". While I can certainly see where that mentality comes from (and I think it'd be neat to hear some discussions about it in this thread), I also think it's a bit of an over-simplification of the subject.
I'm willing to bet that everyone is close-minded on some topic, at least to a certain degree. For example, I would guess that most people here wouldn't be open minded towards something like pedophilia (at least not to a full extent).
Even beyond that extreme example, however, I think it's arguable that there are some topics that one can feel comfortable being firm, or grounded, or strong willed about. Considering *B/DL's are generally more open in nature, this may not be as popular a stance...but I wouldn't want to assume that no one here places any value in the common saying: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
So a few questions to get people started:
First off, to you personally, what does it mean to be open-minded?
Secondly, how open minded do you consider yourself? What does "acceptance" mean? Do you just hear people out on topics, or do you strongly consider everything you hear? How easily are you willing to change your views?
Thirdly, to what degree do you think everyone should be open-minded? A common answer is "People should let other people be free to be themselves without harming/hurting anyone else." If that's a part of your answer, what do you consider "harmful/hurtful"?
Finally, what kinds of things are you close-minded about? Try not to choose things that are kind of obvious...rape, murder, terrorism, Bush (just kidding on that one...it's just been a popular answer nowadays, I don't mean to make any sort of political statement here ). Are these things that you feel completely fine being close minded about or do you feel at fault for feeling that way?
I know that's a lot of topics and it's a complex idea...but it's something I don't think is often explored enough, and since the *B/DL community is in general a very open minded one, I'm quite curious to hear some thoughts.