Opinions are something that everyone has. But who really cares about your opinion? When it comes down to the nitty-gritty who cares about your opinion or what you think? Other people may consider what you have offered as an opinion, but does it really matter. On a superficial level it may seem to be of some importance or value. Many activities of our existence may involve giving or receiving opinions. But who truly cares about your opinion?
You care about your opinions. You, in reference to the self-created “me” are the person that needs this association with opinions. The stubborn, self-centered “me” values opinions very highly; especially it own. After all, what would the “me” be without a huge stockpile of opinions? How would it be possible to validate the resourcefulness / intelligence of our human existence? Here are common definitions of the word “opinion” that can be used for references in this discussion:
– A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
– A personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
– The formal expression of a professional judgment
– Law: the formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.
– A judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.
– A favorable estimate; esteem.
What is a person without his or her opinions? The flip side to a belief or judgment is a fact. Human beings find great pleasure in proving that any given hypothesis is true. The world is full of people with individual and collective beliefs and viewpoints. How did you first react when you the title of this article? Did you perhaps notice a spontaneous shift in your mind and body? This shift was the “me” reacting in a defensive manner to the title. Beliefs and personal attitudes are an essential factor needed by the conditioned mind and the ego.
I have reflected on many different experiences in my own person. It seems opinions / beliefs are an underlying denominator in the endless bombardment of thoughts and feelings. These conditioned reactions / thoughts are fueled by an arsenal of opinions. It should be noted that the concept of assumptions, judgments and beliefs are absolutely unnecessary for experiencing life. These may appear to have a relative purpose in our daily activities and therefore can be useful for practical applications.
You may wish to reflect on where you stand in regards to the opinions that have structured your existence. Are these viewpoints over any given situation or person really of any true significance? What would you be without your opinions? The answer may not be as absurd or scary as you think. Would life change without the use of opinions? No, life would not change but how you experience life would. Letting go of these conditioned structures will eventually shift your awareness to the unmanifested space that is always present. The reality we experience is fundamentally based on the judgments and beliefs that we think.
Best wishes to everyone