The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
— Terry Pratchett, “Diggers”
open-minded |ˈˌoʊpən ˈˌmaɪndɪd|
willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced.
I’ve often been accused of being closed-minded when it comes to listening to “the other side” regarding humanity’s treatment of animals. It would make me defensive, as if I half agreed there may be something wrong with that. So I got to thinking…why would I even want to be open-minded to something I know for a fact is seriously wrong? Could NAMBLA members convince me with enough crafty talk that their man-boy “love” was what they say it is? Hell no. So I’m closed-minded? Well okay then, I am.
“Open-minded” sounds like a good thing. Sure…who doesn’t want to be open to new ideas and unprejudiced. Having new ideas is smart! And prejudice is a bad thing! But as with any good thing, open-mindedness becomes a terrible thing when it is exploited, abused, misused by both opportunists and those duped by them.
Humor writer David Wong* of cracked.com said, “Gullibility is a knife at the throat of civilization.” Sounds strange at first, at least to me. But then, think: Gullibility means simply not enough concern to have a strong position on matters of importance so that one can easily be swayed by either side depending upon who’s more forceful or has enough popularity to force conformity, regardless of ethical concerns. In that instance, open-minded means seriously gullible. That gullibility is about selfish comfort. “I won’t trouble my pretty little head about that, I’ll simply believe in whatever is popular…the majority can’t be so wrong, can it?”
*Note: Edited above – My source for David Wong’s quote attributed it to The Scarlet Plague, which was Jack London’s 1912 novel, so that was an error and has been corrected.
When you consider the results of such apathy and ignorance among the masses, you can see just how true David Wong’s quote is. Mercenaries, or those only concerned with profiting, devoid of ethics, regularly take advantage of such gullibility in others, and that is THE root of all that is wrong with human civilization. Such collective gullibility allows the masses to accept and even embrace things that normally would horrify and repel them, make them rise up in force and put those practices to an immediate and permanent end. Puppy mills, for instance.
Over thousands of years, humanity has developed the “open mind” to listen to a sector intent on doing evil; letting their concocted, seductive language penetrate and soak into our minds and becoming acclimated to it, allowing it to become our own opinion. This is a severe mental/emotional defect among humanity.
Things we would never do ourselves, we will give license and approval to those that will do them, so that we can enjoy cheese and steaks and such. While at the same time we try to have taboos against equally vile things being done to a select few animals we consider our own “pets.” So those societal “rules” are scoffed at and our beloved companion animals can become prey for the worst cowards among us. Not to mention our children, our elderly, ourselves, also becoming prey, subject to the worst untimely deaths. We hear every day of random violent crimes committed against our own species by hate-filled sadistic deviants. There is a reason for all this…
The root of all evil is the human imagination devoid of a conscience. The nurturance of such sociopathy is misused, abused…open-mindedness.
G. K. Chesterton said, “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” Simply put, once you know something is wrong, such as slaughterhouses, shut your mind against those who would convince you otherwise. Escape that programming, and no longer allow it to corrupt you.
But of course, most people have their limits on what they’ll be open-minded to. Child abuse, pedophilia, rape, murder, etc., are things rarely anyone can be convinced to accept and embrace even by the most skilled opportunists. “Ted Bundy couldn’t make me accept his crimes as anything but pure evil to be despised by all, so I’m not gullible!” people could say.
But theirs is a selective gullibility, based in selfishness and deliberate ignorance. That selectiveness is an evil thing. It is the sort of lowly, less-than-human mindset that allows and consumes the worst evils committed against the most helpless among us…cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, and so forth. Highly sensitive animals we’ve domesticated to exploit and make money off by selling them in a variety of wholly disrespectful and even torturous ways…all the while saying that we love them and are superior to them. Oh yes, don’t anyone forget, we’re better than them! (So much so that we need to repeat that claim, endlessly.) Yet, we morally intelligent beings have such a hard time consistently distinguishing simple right from wrong, because our minds are so corruptly “open.”
When it comes to doing right, with no helpless victims involved, sure, be open-minded to new ideas! That’s how we make positive progress. But when it comes to wrongdoing, our minds should be slammed and glued shut against the other side, not gaping open and ready for the toxic lies to saturate and become one with us. People en masse for eons have allowed that to happen, letting their base desires (e.g. “bacon!”) convince them to just give pure evil a listen and make friends with it…when convenient and when we’re not the victims, of course. But with that comes the nurturance of injustice, ruthless violence against the innocent and helpless; basically the embracing of sadistic wickedness committed by human beings in the guise of “necessary evil.” Things we must do to survive!…so those who profit from or enjoy those tasks tell us, anyways. That lie has ruined them worst of all.
Well, it’s better late than never to say, “enough is enough!” Time to put an end to this huge lie and this abuse and trashing of open-mindedness. People everywhere have got to close their minds to the crafty persuasions of the ruthless opportunists among us. Otherwise we’re doomed to never realize true peace and happiness, security and safety; will always have that unspeakable fear whispering in the backs of our minds…dread for ourselves, our children, elderly, loved ones…which taints all of our lives in a variety of ways.
Life could be so much better, extremely beautiful for all of us and all animals who coexist with us, if only not for this human gullibility…this knife forever at our throats.