A mind more travelled
Can a great piece of art be created by an artist with a fixed mindset who is averse to looking beyond the safety of their knowledge or experience?
To have a closed mind is to lock the door to new cognitive experience, figuratively pulling up the drawbridge to stave off progressive thought in favour of familiarity. The temptation to inhabit the negative safe haven of a closed mental state is easy to understand. After all, why would anyone want to risk putting themselves into the spotlight by opening their mind and expressing an individuality which might conceivably be cut to shreds in an instant. To the uninitiated, the mere thought of exposing an opinion to an audience of strangers can seem daunting and uncomfortable.
However, the benefits to looking at the world without prejudice helps the viewer to see things in a different way and be receptive to new thoughts and ideas. Adopting an open and flexible attitude can increase levels of understanding and contribute to a richer life experience. An open mind is an essential landscape for generating original, objective thought for any artist or writer as opposed to the pastiche produced by a closed mind shrouded in self-doubt and fear of the unknown.
Whether an individual has a positive or negative natural disposition, we all have the ability to adjust the way we think. And the most effectual way to do that and make a difference is to cast out preconceptions and assume an open mind.