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A Matter of Opinion

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I was quite excited about the concept of blogging but by my second blog entry I had hit “the wall.” I couldn’t think of anything else to write about. Every idea I had seemed to be based on an opinion. This conflicted with the zen concept I had recently read that advised “do not seek truth, but rather free yourself from opinions.” In a world where so much conflict and woe emanates from differences of opinions, I thought, “Why add to that mess?” Opinions seem so rooted in ego. They simply seem to fulfill one’s need for personal recognition, or the need to be correct, or even the need for conflict. 

I decided to consult the writings of historical thinkers to give me guidance and inspiration.

“Men are disturbed, not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.” - Epictetus

“A man’s life is what his thoughts make it.” - Marcus Aurelius

“What a thing is to an unknowable extent is determined by, or influenced by what we think it is.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“We clothe events with the drapery of our own thoughts.” - James Allen

“All that you are is a result of all that you have thought.” - Buddha

Now I was getting somewhere! This is the direction I wanted to go, no opinions, no judgements, I like this neighborhood. It reminded me of something Lao-Tzu (551 -479 B.C.) said that always stuck with me. “Success is as dangerous as failure.”

He must have more of that tasty cheese, let’s see: 

“If you close your mind in judgements

And traffic with desires,

Your heart will be troubled. 

If you keep you mind from judging

And aren’t led by the senses

Your heart will find peace.”

“The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind. He has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.”

Well it seems like I’ve outlined what I don’t want to write about, I’m still left with the dilemma of what I want to pollute the internet with. I’m sure I’ll think of something. I’m full of insane ramblings.