Both the ‘open-minded’ and ‘close-minded’ demonize one another. This represents a closed-mind no matter which group is doing the demonizing.
Being ‘close-minded’ does not mean you will never change, it just means you will be less receptive to change than the one who is open-minded.
It’s dangerous to be open-minded because if you are, you might change your mind and that might get you into trouble with the close-minded.
Being ‘open-minded’ does not mean you don’t have strong convictions. It means you are willing to challenge those convictions and listen objectively and respectively to those who do not share your convictions.
Close-minded people don’t think they are close-minded, they think they are right. Open-minded people do think they are open-minded… and they think they are right. This can indicate a closed-mind regardless of who is doing the thinking.
Being ‘open-minded’ can be a slippery-slope…but that’s no guarantee that you will slip.
Do you know anyone who you would describe as close-minded? Do you know anyone who you would describe as open-minded? Are you more open-minded than closed-minded? Is it clear to you what you need to be close-minded about and what you need to be open-minded about?