Sometimes, I think I would rather stub my toe HARD, than to hear the current events of the day. Mostly, it seems, I am upended and aghast at certain things that are happening in our world. I go completely sideways when I think about such matters, especially, the incidents which I consider to be abhorrent. I have heavy opinions on these events (occurring mostly right here in our own country). From criminal incidents, to injustices, to the behaviors of the people who are supposed to be leading our country with the highest levels of virtue. It all goes far and wide.
Perspectives. View points. Stances.
Opinions. We, as thinking human beings, all have opinions about everything. From the ranking of strawberry, raspberry, and peach jam. To the approval or disapproval of our political leaders. To the best kind of lawn mower on the market.
And those opinions can be quite tricky. When we give our opinion on something… typically… we offer a conclusion which may seem very true or probable to us at the time. The subject may still be open to question, but we think we have the answer. OR. There are times, we have sentiments which are based mostly on emotion.
To further this along… there are occasions when beliefs start creeping in. A belief is a bit different from a plain old opinion. It is not necessarily the creation of the person who holds it. Sometimes we mentally accept an idea or a doctrine. We accept it as truth. As in …. religious beliefs.
So as you can see, this all gets very complicated. A double-edged sword if you ask me. I am completely glad that we free-thinking humans have opinions. And at the same time, I am so disappointed that certain humans have particular opinions. Especially when they are so decidedly different than mine. As I said, the old double-edge.
Here is the magical part. It is one of the very good things about my life. When all of this boggles me down to the core, I can walk over to the window, and look out. And see.
I can see all the things that are beautiful and good. If I simply stop and notice.
Like deer. Two girl deers. And their baby fawn at our feeder.
And right then, everything else….. disappears. Like magic.
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
― Isaac Asimov
“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”
(Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)”
― Albert Einstein