The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Having an open mind comes with a penalty.
By definition, an open mind is receptive to alternate information.
That said, living in a world full of ignorant conspiracy theories, there is so much garbage that is readily available, it is hard to keep an open mind without having a filter that eliminates most of the useless content.
I have tried over time to listen to many people with disparate perspectives. Sometimes I discover how wrong I really was by being exposed to an intelligent disparate perspective, other times I discover how wrong I really was for allowing complete and total tripe to be shared with me from someone who has drank the Kool-Aid.
It is hard to know sometimes which you are about to be exposed to if you do not know the baseline credibility of the person with whom you are speaking.
At the end of the day, I believe it is wiser to maintain an open mind that requires regular filtration of garbage, then to close your mind and potentially miss great pearls of wisdom. Happy Monday!!😊