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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: Assuming your question is on a philosophical/neuroscience level and not specific to a talk, here's my opinion:

    We are essentially an immortal soul that can best be described as an invisible free will. While alive, we can express our free will through our physical body within this physical world.

    At the heart of our existence is our identity. On our own we can have none except in relation to what came before us - the Divine Will we call God. Our relationship to God can either be friend or foe, and since He doesn't change that's entirely up to us. This 'friend of God' or 'enemy of God' then defines our identity.

    Upon the foundation of our identity (whichever we choose daily) is our purpose. A 'friend of God' seeks to immitate God and likewise an 'enemy' tries to prove that his will is above that of God - a doomed journey from the start in my opinion.

    Building upon our purpose is our value system or life rules - our world view. These self-regulating laws (Godly or Statnic) depend upon our understood purpose in life and we self enforce them in order to guide us safely to its fulfillment - and we only get one shot at it... one lifetime. These are our personal laws from which all (sober) choices are made.

    There's much more built upon this like our sense of authority within our self-defined laws, our power to realize and effect changes in others and the world around us based on the exercise of our God-given authority, and our dominion over the earth around us and our future wellness or sickness, prosperity or destruction, etc. But for the sake of your question, our world view mentioned before is enough to explain our motivition for sharing our opinions (if not declaring them as fact).

    In essence, anything that challenges our personal system of rules not only forces us to re-evaluate ourselves but drives us to do so emphatically and immediately. However, we remain silent on things that resonate poorly or otherwise do not challenge.

    What's your opinion? :o)

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