People of faith (especially Christians) are often described as being close-minded (Religion vs Reality), holding on to primitive superstitions and believing in fairy tales.  It is difficult to say anything on the latter two. Any discussion on it soon degrades to a level of I say – you say, with both parties holding onto their dogma with ardent passion.

However, I think something can be said about the first. The Free Dictionary defines close-minded as “[being] Intolerant of the beliefs and opinions of others; stubbornly unreceptive to new ideas.” This can certainly be true of people of faith, but I venture to say it can be possible of anybody; even those who profess disbelief.

The quintessential question must be how to open our minds? What does it mean to have an open mind? The how I don’t think is too difficult; respecting the humanity of the other party, listening and understanding what the other is saying and the loss of a judgemental attitude is all important to keeping our minds wide open.

While listening and not judging there is two, amongst many, premises we need to re-evaluate in expanding our minds and keeping them wide open. The first is the maxim that only the visible exist, and secondly, if by a minuscule chance the invisible (or metaphysical) does exist, the same rules that apply here should apply there.

A number of things which is invisible to our senses and immeasurable to our science do exist; emotions, dreams and the future is a few that comes to mind.  The moment one concede that some things that does exist indeed dwell in the realm of the metaphysical; it is a small step to realize that these things do not adhere to our rules; love certainly does not subscribe to a set of scientific laws (if only), dream science is in its infancy and our children’s world will definitely function on a different set of rules.

Accepting that the metaphysical do exist by no means proves the existence of God; that will always stay a matter of faith. It does however put a brake on our claims to be able to objectively reason to the conclusion that religion makes no sense and that God does not exist.

At the very least; living with an open-mind means that we accept the hypothetical possibility that God does exist and that to find true happiness one maybe need to focus on more than just our own needs and wants. The only Reality includes our science, our love, our dreams and our beliefs, even if we believe we don’t.

It does seem that those who profess some kind of faith in the metaphysical lives with a mind slightly more open than those who only acknowledges knowledge based on scientific observation.