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HayleyS February 4th, 2014 10:19pm

If you allow yourself to be open to ideas that go against your values, are you essentially allowing yourself to be open to corruption?

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tcadez Minnesnowta
02/05/14 9:45 pm

There a difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head.

macabregenius In Purgatory
02/05/14 2:06 pm

Of course corruption can enter. How can you be totally immune to it?

ZeusRaindropz Living in Idiotland
02/05/14 2:02 pm

Yes! When people try to force me to do something that goes against my will I feel like a terrible person. I hate when they tell me that it's about respect, not religion. But really, it's not. It effects your stance on life.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
02/05/14 11:17 am

Depends how open. Listening to someone state an opinion is one thing. Embracing that opinion is quite another.

02/05/14 6:10 am

I feel you open yourself to further expansion of your beliefs. Most open minded people's values are able to change. However, there are some that no matter how much you try to prove otherwise, I will not be able to change.

Torfin Never Behind
02/05/14 3:57 am

Or purification depending upon the situation.

02/04/14 8:40 pm

Is being open to different ideas the same as challenging new ideas?

jmw7477 Indiana
02/04/14 8:34 pm

Just because you're open to hearing other ideas, it doesn't mean you automatically have to change your opinions. You never know when something might make sense or might make you stronger in your beliefs.

RambleOn try something different
02/04/14 8:23 pm

Where did you get your values? We're they given to you, instilled in you, this is the way, the truth, the only truth, all else is evil. That's called brainwashing and it is why so many smart people can believe such logic defying ideals. Quick!! Run!!

MaxDollaroff cynic turned skeptic
02/04/14 7:49 pm

Consider that "corruption" is simply a change based upon an improved prevailing awareness. Should we all not challenge our awareness, constantly comparing it with what we observe? Yes.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
02/04/14 6:45 pm

No... It's opening yourself to expanded knowledge.

foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/04/14 5:21 pm

Of course not. Thinking and doing are two didn't things

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/04/14 4:56 pm

Being open to an alternate idea does not mean accepting that idea. It means you are an intelligent person who considers all points of view to determine what is best.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/04/14 4:47 pm

If you have to close yourself off to the wonders of the world around you to hold on to your values, maybe those aren't the best values for you. I don't see it as exposure to "corruption", I see it as exposure to a broader worldview.

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
02/04/14 4:11 pm

What if your values are skewed to begin with? Your values would be corrupted, but that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Maynard Londor
02/04/14 4:03 pm

It's called being open-minded, and in most situations, it's a good thing.

Kazuto originally animefanZ
02/04/14 4:02 pm

It can happen but as a humans we know what we believe in. We can judge what is good and what is bad for us in our lives.

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 4:01 pm

There is only one way that is right, regardless of what people believe. If one opens their mind to anything other than the right way, then they are open to corruption.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/04/14 4:22 pm

How do you know what the right way is?

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 4:53 pm

I read the Bible. No other way works, history proves that.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/04/14 4:58 pm

So the world is flat and the sun revolves around the earth?

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 5:06 pm

What? No. I know what verse you are talking about, but I'm not about to debate the Bible. If you aren't a Christian, you may not understand.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/04/14 5:14 pm

So it's the Bible or go home? How does history prove that?

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/04/14 5:22 pm

Wait... How can someone even start reading the Bible to follow the right way if they're protecting themselves from corruption by not being open minded?

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 5:28 pm

History proves that God's way produces the most pleasant results.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/04/14 5:30 pm

12 years if Catholic school. Lots of Bible reading. But we were taught to he careful of interpreting it as a literal translation everywhere. We were taught that God gave us a brain... so use it and go forth and do great things.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/04/14 5:30 pm

But how? I can't think of any solid historical examples.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/04/14 5:32 pm

The Crusades & the Inquisition?
Those were done in God's name. How'd they work out?

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 6:46 pm

The crusades were not God's will and true Christians would not have done that. That was not the Church.

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 6:47 pm

I don't trust many teachings of Catholicism.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/05/14 7:17 am

My point about the Crusades is that at the time the general population blindly followed their leaders who told them it was God's will to take back the Holy Land. No one questioned it. So keeping a closed mind to other ideas today is no different.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/05/14 7:18 am

And who is to say YOUR interpretation of the Bible over other branches of Christianity? It is the "truth" you choose to believe and discredit all others

Rosebud Ohio
02/04/14 3:49 pm

You can be, but it's not true across the board.

02/04/14 3:47 pm

If you fear that being open to new ideas will change your values for the worse, then your values must not be very strong.

eLucidate writing
02/04/14 3:32 pm

If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.

Questioning one's values and beliefs can either strengthen or weaken them, but it could not corrupt them of they were perfect to begin with.

Vincere Seattle
02/04/14 3:32 pm

Of course not, you should never reject an idea at face value. Even if some new concept is very foreign at first, you should give it a chance and ya might learn something.

presrvd Phoenix
02/04/14 3:29 pm

I answered no, but it's only because I don't see my values as being infallible.

mc88 Cleveland OSU
02/04/14 3:26 pm

I swear, you are high whenever you make a new question hahaha

HayleyS looking up.
02/04/14 3:26 pm

Hahahaha no I promise I'm not. :)

Rocker saved by grace
02/04/14 4:01 pm

She fakes it very well ;)

JiveYoungKing The Banter Boy
02/04/14 4:38 pm

We could've smoked -.-

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
02/04/14 3:25 pm

No, it could indicate a paradigm shift in my life is about to happen.