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Thomas Hawkins

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Do we have an opinion about everything? If not, should we?

The ideas, questions and debates discussed here on the TED platform allow us to share opinions, answers and lots more.

What is it that makes us form an opinion? Is it something we do through choice? On what level of consciousness are opinions formed?

I chose the "Gotta Share" video as it was the last video I watched before I thought about this. Perhaps its the sharing with others that makes us opinionated? How we make our identity?

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  • Apr 2 2013: Good question. :-) Opinions are Beliefs. Listening is better than talking. Try offering NO opinion but rather inquire DEEPLY into the beliefs that the other is expounding on. Seek deeper and deeper understanding. From there, you begin to see the hollowness of beliefs. It's easier to see and understand with an actual enquiry :-). I don't know what this wisdom is your speaking of. Enquiry makes one aware of their vast ignorance.....it does not lead to wisdom.
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      Apr 5 2013: Scott... I'm assuming this is a reply to a convo found somewhere below?! :)

      I agree we should inquire deeply to seek a deeper understanding. But, the "from there..." part I have to ask; are you saying we should search for hollowness or that it just shows itself as we inquire?

      If the questions get boring, let me know! lol
      • Apr 5 2013: :-) I like dialogue. When we dig seriously into a deep belief that we hold, while keeping the ego in check,, we discover either that the belief was false or greatly distorted. If its the latter, the process then begins on the revised belief. When enquiry is deeply serious, it's realized that much, if not most, of the "stuff" you thought was important before (your beliefs so to speak) are painfully trivial......hollow. If we make life about trivialities and Egoic dramas, there's little juice left to investigate Ourselves and life......we don't really know who we are. Enquiry takes great effort. It requires reat desire that trumps all other desires. The desire to truly Know yourself. For many, it's too much and they flip the tv on, drink, or whatever to zone out in the general direction of Wholeness. Through enquiry, most things are found to be illusory and exist only in the thoughts of our minds.

        Question for you: would you say you hold many of the same Beliefs today as you did 10 years ago? Would you say, upon investigation, that you are the same Person you were 10 years ago?

        Damn, I can get preachy.
        Nice night.

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