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Dyed All Hues

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To what extent are you "Open-Minded" when it comes to a topic you dislike or hate the most? Can you change or accept the fact of it?

I think that being open-minded is taking other peoples ideas, such as the whole concept of TedTalks. It is for me to read/hear/watch others actions/words/written pieces/creations for achieving open-mindedness. I do have certain topics I have difficulty talking about, but I want to be able to accept and see their side of the world as well. For instance, religion is very interesting, but when someone says their ideal religion is the best and you must become one of us, I have a hard time talking to these people, but I try as best I can to hear them out. Sometimes I lose my composure, but I usually want to hear their claims for their beliefs. I also challenge their mindset at the same time.

I want to understand your strong dislikes as well as your capacity to sit and talk about this "dislike". Do we fear nothing, but fear itself, or is there much more to it?

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    Mar 20 2012: I am an open-minded person, even to that extent that I love listening to the point of views of the people whose opinions or lifestyle completely differ from mine. I only lose my cool when a person I am speaking with starts to stubbornly impose their views on me or when they insult me personally or my intelligence. Only than, I don't argue, I just stop the conversation or change its course.
    I am not trying to sound elitist or plain mean, but there is a lot of truth in this quote: '' Don't waste your time trying to learn pig how to sing opera. You will just lose your precious time and pig will lose its temper. '' Cheers
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      Mar 21 2012: HAHAHA! "PIG" reference to the animal or an actual language?

      I totally get how you can feel when someone is imposing their views on others, but partially, some friendly advice or debates can help reshape someone elses narrow-mindedness. Though, most of the times they are too stubborn and unwavering to think outside of their comfort zones.

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