“Opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one”.

There is a moment during, “The Keys to the Kingdom-Hope” when Jai comes to realize the limits of the mind. It reminded me of how slowly but surely I have become awed by the amount of surety and arrogance people invest in their opinions. I must apologize for such a crude title, but this remembrance brought forth this quote straight to the forefront of my mind and I believe it brings a light-hearted tone to what could indeed be quite a heavy subject.

The mind, of course, is an incredibly powerful tool, but is it as ‘limitless’ or ‘knowledgeable’ as we would like to believe? What believes this notion in the first place is the mind itself: I would say a delightful concoction created by the ego in order to limit us within this space?

Even if you were to argue that the mind holds the ability to grant us all knowledge and answers, how can you be so sure that the opinion you hold is correct? My ideas have changed so much over the years that I have become flabbergasted by the ability to still hold any self-importance behind them.

There is so much information, so much to think about, so much still to discover and yet, we think our personal viewpoints hold true prevalence in this world.

This does not mean that we should not have our own perspectives or that we shouldn’t think for ourselves, but that perhaps we should rather approach life with less conceit hidden behind  our constructed ideas of what we think life is.

The more we feel that our way of thinking or seeing some issue or idea is completely correct, either due to deep thinking on our own part or any sort of cultural zeitgeist, we fail to listen and listening is where solutions come from: listening is where compromise is born. You cannot learn anything if you are talking all the time or trying to be right.

As the Dalai Llama said, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

 

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