Having a closed mind...

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  1. Silverstein Registered

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    [Okay please answer seriously. Sucks I have to even put that , but apparently it was suggested that I do as such. I don't want people making jokes about brain locks or mind chains or something lame.]

    So by your own definition, what is a closed mind?

    I ask because I wanted to show someone the anime Death Note. And the person actually liked one or two animes that I have shown them, even watched the whole series of Outlaw Star. This person seemed to simply be lazy and did not want to put forth the effort into watching Death Note, but then they began citing how they felt Spirited Away was boring and for that reason anime in GENERAL was not something they liked.

    I made the analogy of rap music. When people say they hate rap music, more often than not they mean that they hate what they've either heard or what they've heard about it. Some people might actually hate the style all together and that's fine. But claiming to hate EVERYTHING including stuff you have not heard is....rather odd.

    So the person gets defensive. And claims that it is not close minded to hate anime or video games. "Just because I don't feel like sitting around and watching every single anime ever for the two or three that I might like, does not make me close minded."

    So to not argue any further I just dismiss the person.

    The person is irrelevant, as is the story itself. It's the question that I want to know about. I only explained the story so to better justify/explain the question.

    Here's another example if it will help:

    Say A does not like Z But B wants to show A more of T (The classification that Z falls under), knowing that Z is not favored. B assures A that T has more to offer than simply Z, and now uses said knowledge of Z, can help A find things like Y and X. Is A closed minded?
     
  2. bullets bang bang

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    It's mostly laziness on their part. They don't want to argue because they are afraid they will have to accept the truth.
     
  3. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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  4. Silverstein Registered

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    Does that even apply? What doesn't confuse him?
     
  5. Lunar_Wolf WTF face

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    Doesn't sound like the person is closed minded as they gave some anime some watch. Anime might not be something they enjoy like you do. For example my friend loves Transformers the movie but doesn't watch the toon. Some people might play sports but might not like watching it. Some people love music, but they don't want to learn to play the guitar.
     
  6. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    You just confused half of The Hype and George Bush with the above.
     
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    I see a closed mind when someone isn't open to question or debate, and refuses to participate in new experiences. Also, people who can't bring up a legitimate reason as to why they like/agree with or dislike/disagree with in a topic of debate.

    I know somebody who practically defines this. She claims she's "a theatre kid," so she's open to criticism, but the minute you offer a new look on any particular topic- or even offer her advice- she's quick to jump and tell you that you're wrong, stupid, and that she never asked for your help.

    Even if she hints at agreement, she ignores your advice anyway. She's probably the most closed-minded person I know, next to my old martial arts instructor.

    The man got real pissed at me for constantly trying new things, or bringing up new takes or styles with any particular subject in class, and told me, "I understand you're a student of the martial arts, and that's a beautiful thing."

    This is where it gets really ironic:

    "But I need you to be my student."

    Wtf, n00b? Sensible? No. Closed-minded? Yes.
     
  8. bullets bang bang

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    I think you should kidnap this person and force them to watch hours of anime in your basement.
     
  9. Tron5000 Registered

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    I was going to respond to that with some crack about not having taken Algebra for a long time, but the first sentence in his post asked us to answer seriously. So I just let that one slide.
     
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    ..Seriously. I felt like I was looking at some type of freakin algebra problem.:o :csad:
     
  11. TLH Hypnotized

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    You lost with me that last part of the post, but yeah...I see where you're coming from. I don't think the person is so much close-minded as they have just made up their mind about something.
     
  12. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    Anime and rap do suck though. :o




    Mostly.
     
  13. The Apocalypse Registered

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    I know a kid that only likes Sports and watches Sports things yet he calls Comics, Sci-Fi, TV dramas etc 'gay' and 'fake'. That is a closed minded person.
     
  14. Lunar_Wolf WTF face

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    Ever listen to the intro for Snoop doggy dogs show?
    Makes you want to kick some preggers chick.
     
  15. fu manchu Registered

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    Anime is not for everyone.:whatever: but, your friend seemed "open" to watching your anime. so i don't think he's closed minded.
     
  16. El ASESINO Registered

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    My best friend worships anime. I have seen a couple of them but to me anime just sucks.
     
  17. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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  18. The Senator Registered

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    I associate closed-mindedness with someone who has a plethora of opinions on a given subject, but hasn't made the initiative to learn more or participate directly with that subject.

    Take gay rights as an example:

    I think it's fine for someone to disagree with letting gays marry or adopt. But if that person hasn't taken the time to read up on same-sex families, or what it is exactly that homosexuals are asking for directly without transcending their own pre-existing biases-- whether it comes from the Bible, what your parents told you as a child, or what your friends thought in high school-- then I consider that person to have a closed mind.

    I'll use myself as an example, in regards to guns:

    I hated guns for the longest time. I used to group guns with narrow-minded rednecks who had nothing better to do than to rub one off while drooling over which scope they wanted to attach to their M16. Then I had the chance to fire one a year ago... and it was quite nice, quite stress relieving. It was a fun activity. Now, I think people, if they can act responsibly, should be able to have a gun or two around the house if they so wish, be it for hunting or non-violent recreational purposes. I'm still opposed to automatic weapons, and favor a ban on them across the board, but when it comes to handguns or single-shot rifles, I don't have much of a problem with people owning them as long as they can handle it in a responsible manner.
     
  19. Silverstein Registered

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    You, Thinner6 and others, I believe, are misunderstanding what I mean. I'm not asking if this person is closed minded for not watching one show, but for saying that all anime is bad. That's why I said the story itself is irrelevant, but only to stregnthen the question as an example.

    Individually..personally....I think the person is simply a mix of both lazy and closed minded. But for more reasons than I gave above. Though this is a digression.
     
  20. fu manchu Registered

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    then both of your examples sucks, especially the 2nd one.
     
  21. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    Wait. This has to do with anime?
     
  22. Silverstein Registered

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    No I'm trying to explain that it doesn't....
     
  23. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    All Chinese Food tastes the same!
     
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    I can never tell the difference between Kung Pao and General Tso's :csad:
     
  25. tzarinna Mamochka

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    My mind is telling me to call in sick tomorrow. :csad: I'm miserable. :(
    We're off topic now, right? :huh:
     

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