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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 24 2012: If someone is that insistant about their idea being the only correct one, then I feel obligated to defend the other side equally, even if its not quite what I believe. I think information should be shared. However, I tend to avoid those 'religion talks' as they never end well...
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      Mar 30 2012: I can very much understand your ideas and I agree. Have you ever gave something a chance, like attempt to understand those 'religious talks'?
      • Mar 31 2012: I do understand and respect them. I respect anything that gives people a reason to be there best. I respect the comfort they find in answers to the mysterious questions of the universe and am envious that they can find comfort in the most devistating times through their faith. however, I was not brought up to believe and I also have my seperate views, which should be equilly respected. My strongest belief being that good things don't just happen to good people, although being 'good' can build bridges to rescources needed, but the bottom line is that you have to make things happen.
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          Apr 1 2012: It can be so difficult in the beginning when your paradigm of the world seems so narrow, but opening up to the possibilities is exhilerating. I do have a hard time grasping the concept of blind faith and a bit envious as well, but also a bit entertained that faith can represent anything and not necessarily religion. I like to know and understand things, so religion is something that can be known and understood, but to me doesn't really connect by faith the same way it does others. It seems as though it is so abstract, but it can create a "magical" effect. I do dislike extremisms though, because that to me is extreme narrow-mindedness.

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