A comparison between an open-mind and a closed-one.

Essay by deadnburiedHigh School, 12th gradeA+, May 2003

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Sometimes the same thing can appear totally different to two people. This is all based on "perception" or how a person views things. Some people base things only on face value, while others looks past that. Your life is what you make of it, and having the right outlook on things will guarantee an interesting and successful life.

"The mind is a terrible thing to waste." Everyone knows this famous quotation, but still a countless number of people waste their potential on the path of "closed mindedness." A "closed minded" person believes everything is either in black or white, with no gray area in between. They do not allow themselves to see the possibilities of alternatives to what they presently hold as facts. To argue with a closed-minded person could be compared to arguing with a brick wall. You're not going to get very far. Closed-minded people generally do not want their outlooks changed on subjects that they hold as truth.

Some examples of closed-minded people are, as follows (not true in all cases): Extremely religious people, old people, high school students, and your parents.

On the other side of the spectrum is the "open minded" person. I feel as though I have an open mind. An open mind lets things in. It's the only way. The enemy of an open mind is prejudice, and we all do it. We have to. It's automatic. We all have experiences and as we encounter new ones, our brains bring to mind past experiences and perceptions to help us deal with the situation. The problem comes when we close our minds to new information, when we base our understandings on old information and deny ourselves the opportunity to take in new information and reevaluate our views. Having an open mind...