There is so much to be gained from opening your mind and letting new ideas and beliefs come in. It is my personal belief that open-mindedness is the single most important characteristic we have as human beings.
The best thing about independent thought is knowing when to use it, and being open-minded means always thinking about alternate possibilities, rather than what you already know.
Open-mindedness means doing the work of looking past the easy or expected interpretations.
To be open-minded we have to remove our personal illusions (bias & prejudices) from any situation and completely immerse ourselves in another experience. It requires asking questions, being genuinely interested in people’s thoughts, and accepting people for exactly who they are.
The best way to free yourself from learned bias is getting informed. The more knowledgeable you are, the less vacuum can be filled with illusions, falsities. We grow as individuals by learning and developing traits, habits, facts, talents based on information that we acquire.