posted on Aug, 18 2008 @ 08:15 AM
I have no awnser to your questions, but I do have an opinion. I can image for a lack of input or understanding from your close family you feel the way
you do. It is never nice to be not understood or maybe even completely misunderstood..
First of all I think having an open or less open mind comes for a start with what the parents give their kids within the years of growing up untill
kids finally leave the parents home to 'dig deeper' in life for (other and new) experiences. Based on the experiences a person 'learns' or make,
the brain and/or way of thinking will be influenced, based on those experiences.
I think that I am openminded, up to a certain point, then what is openminded to me maybe is not openminded to someone else (that claims be even more
I think it is important for people to look further then their nose is long and try to be open for other or different idears, as maybe people with a
'less openmind' (or narrowed view at things because of a lack of certain experience) can learn something from people with a more open view on things
(in life or what ever).
Futher I do not want to push my (openminded) opinion to anyone, as long as I will be respected for what I think (also based on experiences I have made
myself on MY life journey). In most cases I respect people for their opinion, even when it is different or completely opposite from mine.
Being openminded or less openminded also has to do with a certain level of respect, I mean that having a discussion with a person who has different
opinion (being less openminded) will mostely end up in a verbal fight (or worse) if both parties are not willing to listen to eachother and try to
understand another person's way of viewing up to things and/or situations.