Chariots of the Gods?
By Erich Von Daniken
One of the most hilarious phrases I hear people utter on a regular basis is, “You’re so open-minded!” I notice that this phrase generally follows my agreeing with them (or at least appearing to agree with them) on a topic which usually generates conflict. I also notice that when I disagree with them, they do not seem to think that I am open-minded any longer. It’s as if in an instant I lost the quality of being open to new ideas and suddenly became closed to the possibilities of the world, which coincidentally happens at the moment when I express a viewpoint that is disagreeable to them.
I see this mentality play out in quite amusing fashion in Von Daniken’s classic book. He frequently appeals to opening one’s mind, and yet glosses over the counter-arguments made by his opponents and the interpretations of the evidence which do not align with his views. When he’s asking you to be open-minded, it’s really a very simple request that you just agree with him and be done with it. You needn’t engage in cogitation on the arguments he puts forth, because an open-minded person simply accepts what they are told, right?
I guess I’m just not very open-minded. I don’t simply accept whatever people tell me. I think it over, research it, and consult with other intelligent people to help filter out my biases. If those are the activities of close-minded individuals, then I guess I am magnificently close-minded. And I have no desire to simply buy into whatever nonsense is popular or interesting or politically correct at the moment so that I can be called “open-minded”.
Close your minds, dear friends. Do not let stupidity cross the threshold of your brain. Bar the door to your intellect from the nonsense oozing out of our culture.