Originally Posted by curiouslyrandom
Something that catches my eye while reading through many of the threads on this forum is the absolute certainty by some posters that they are the epitome of correct information, and anyone who disagrees with them is either a) stupid, b) misinformed, c) going straight to hell, or d) all of the above.
It's painful to read those responses. It really is, because it shows how some people shut down and will not accept any opinion other than their own. And you know what?
I agree it is helpful and ideal to be open-minded, to have a willingness to learn, to drop off old beliefs that turn out to be inaccurate, to question things at times, especially ourselves.
On the other hand, sometimes it is good to shut down other people's opinions. For example, nobody could ever convince me that torturing a human infant for fun would be a good idea. I wouldn't even entertain such a person. They are flat-out a) stupid and b) misinformed.
It's like they say... If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.