Narrow Mindedness, Close Mindedness, Open Mindedness & Broad Mindedness:
Posted by khuram on August 25, 2006
A view of a person or society that only we are right and all others are wrong.
It is another ‘we’ attitude of a person or society whereby the person or society considers itself on the right. This society, however tends to account for the superior position of other contemporary nations by thinking that other nations have become mightier just because they have taken all their good principles from ‘us’. In this way, this close-minded society considers it un-necessary to absorb or take any good idea or approach of other mightier nations. This society closes down its own mind for any alien good idea or approach and that’s why it is named ‘close minded’ society.
It is such a view of person who accepts that learning comes from our own mistakes as well as from the successes of others. An open-minded person is receptive to all the available information whether that information has its roots in his own culture or not. Doors of his mind are not closed for alien ideas. Doors of his mind are open so that’s why he is ‘open-minded’ person.
An open-minded person if gets maximum possible information on the issues from all the sources of information, his mental horizon becomes vast. Now he does not think just for his own self, or his own nation or culture. He becomes ‘international’ in his approach and then tends to think for the humanity and universe as a whole.
In contrast with above mentioned ‘narrow mindedness’, ‘close mindedness’ and ‘open mindedness’, ‘broad mindedness’ would be such a view that others are not always wrong and we are not always right.
Note: ‘Narrow Mindedness’ is the characteristic of powerful nations whereas ‘close mindedness’ is the characteristic of those weak nations who were powerful in historical times.