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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 8 2013: Answer bluntly, no. I wouldn’t want an opinion to everything because in some aspects of life I very much so prefer my naivety. I wouldn’t want to have enough knowledge on certain things to be able to form an opinion on it in the first place.
    Although I do believe that without opinions, nothing would ever get achieved, developed or learnt. They are essential and something we all form for practically everything. Just some of us are too caught up in our busy lives to consciously processes are briefly formed opinion on the small things in life. This can in some cases be good as I’m sure some aspects of life aren't worthy of our precious brain activity. However sometimes I think too many of us don't stop and appreciate what is there; creating positive and grateful opinions of the simple and beautiful things in life. The opinions which seem to stick out are those of prejudice and judgemental hate, but what about the every day opinions? Maybe a recommendation for developing an opinion on how beautiful the stars look at night, or how green the grass grows, the elegance of a birds flights. However mushy it sounds, If they would good opinions, then I'd love it if we all had opinions on everything - but that is just my opinion on the matter!

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