The danger of an open mind is not temporarily having an open mind, but rather thinking that one’s mind is truly open, and allowing it to remain there. Oscar Wilde said “most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions; their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”. The tricky house of mirrors scene at the end of Orson Welles masterpiece “Lady from Shanghai” is always around us. Chomsky called it consent manufactured, and Hume referred to it as “The Opinion”. Breaking free from this is paramount to free thought, and free thought is paramount to real action that can really change this world.
It is a fact that every farmer knows that if turkeys spend too much time looking upward with their mouths open during a rainstorm they will drown. An open mind, or what we call an open mind like an open mouth it eventually has to close on something. To remain open is lethal. And yet it is this openness that is celebrated. What folly! And to make things worse, this openness drones on as an expression of other peoples’ thoughts and views 24/7 via a feedback loop that is propelled when it goes viral in the technocratic age of manipulation that increases the dangers of the existent individual becoming dehumanized by becoming kind of a grab bag to whatever is in the loop at the time. Dreadful.
What becomes problematic definitionally in this dialectic is that one assumes that the opposite of an open mind is a closed mind. And we all know how fashionable it is these days to say, “Hey, I am an open-minded person, but so and so is dogmatic and close-minded”. This statement comes from a person who is has not yet closed down on anything. A person who remains adrift alongside the turkeys on the precipice of drowning…. For people don’t live or die — people just float, she left with the man in the long black coat.
All of this has an immense impact in the world of real politik. Why? Because the merry-go-round of consent manufactured by the powers that be can continue to rule, meanwhile the so-called open-minded are supporting this Leviathan. Intolerance comes in the name of tolerance, and a mental lobotomy’s expression is always ones proclamation of an open mind. Nothing is as it appears. Is it any wonder that progressives were massively co-opted by what Nader called the biggest con job in American history: The election of Barack Obama. And with very little dissent might I add. And the Republicans are no different. The true blue dissenters have given up the open mind delusion and have closed it, hence stepping out of the danger zone of deception. And though the ongoing charade of the open mind continues, the closers are the only ones left to speak truth to power.
It is the dissenters that are maligned and treated bad by the so-called fair ones, the elites, propped up by the danger of the so-called open-minded ones. Pity the one’s who foolishly continue with an open mind, for it is so open that their brains have fallen out.
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“The Lady from Shanghai” (1948) Mirror sequence