Just dropping a line to say I'm still alive after a wee spin in the Ecuatoranian wilds and to explain the 'webbands' on the top corners of my blog: as usual got the idea looking at other blogs; it is such a sad thing that there is so much intolerance and spite in this world and I liked the idea of the openmind site...
Open-mind believes that we should approach various aspects and issues of life and society such as ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultural values, religious beliefs, political positions, and so on with an open-mind. No two persons are exactly the same in this world; everyone is unique with their own perspectives and beliefs.
When we encounter people who have a different viewpoint than ours we should approach them with an open-mind. Having an open-mind doesn't mean that we have to give up our own beliefs and accept others' all the time, it just means that we should try to listen to, and understand others' viewpoints on the subject; try to see where they are coming from. Only after that can we take a side and build our beliefs upon it. Simply to ignore others' points of view and claim that they are false is very immature and unreasonable: ignorance is the main cause of hatred, bigotry, prejudice and discrimination in society.
Furthermore, we should always respect others' points of view. Just because others have a different viewpoint than ours, doesn't mean that ours are better or right and theirs are wrong. Remember, there is no absolute right or wrong, there are only differences" [syntax edited S.O...and 1 error corrected when Gavin proof-read it....doh!]
Funnily enough I thought Kayfer's piece on snobbery with regard to council estate dwellers was along similar lines.