So, why are there so many folks that proudly profess their "open-mindedness"?
Well, because the opposite of that is closed-mindedness. That's sounds ignorant, arrogant and exclusionary. And that is not you.
But if you truly believe in something, why maintain this front of "keeping an open mind"?
Sorry. I come from a different world view. I'm a fighter. If you don't agree with something that I think, it's up to you to prove me wrong. I won't simply back-down to avoid a conflict. That would make me weak, and keep you comfortable in your ignorance.
The free exchange of ideas can sometimes be very uncomfortable. So was learning to ride your first bike. Or going on your first date.
Ask yourself: At what point did you give-up growing and learning so you could be safe and comfortable?
The current vapid façade that masquerades as "debate" is laughable. Our conversations are scripted by social norms that could have been written by a junior TASS editor. If you say the wrong thing, you have to spend a year or two in the Ad Hominem penalty box. And say 4,000 Our Gender Neutral Parentage, who may or may not be in a fictitious place called Heaven...
(Sorry. That was a bit oblique.)
And those of you that truly believe your own lies that you are "fair-minded", just listen to yourself. I bet as you profess your neutrality, your views still fall to one side or the other.
So, here's a crazy idea: Just admit you have an opinion. Be prepared to defend it. Be ready to modify it. And, if someone has a superior position, even be ready to admit defeat. If someone beats you rhetorically, that does not give you the right to attack them personally. What a person thinks does not make them bad. We don't have a statute for Thoughtcrime... yet. Be firm, agree to disagree. Shake hands. Then buy your opponent a coffee and go feed pigeons in the park together.
There are way too many pretty faces with silver tongues today. They 'win' arguments, and attempt to dictate policy through the soft tyranny of niceness. To Hell with them. I'm not buying their dumbed-down dogma. You shouldn't either. It's not as simple as "getting out the vote"... for your "side / tribe". As a citizen, you must do your research. Question others. Question yourself. Democracy isn't easy. But when it's done half-arse, the results are very, very hard.
We don't all have to like each other. But we do have to respect each other. Because we all have to live with each other.
In the end, the only wrong position is avoiding conflict for the sake of comfort. That is not morally or intellectually superior. It is cowardice.
Nothing less than the fate of civilization rests in your ever wringing hands.