In the Arena!
We must remain open-minded and be willing to listen to other views. The world is a big place and we are but one very small part, with a very small world view.
I have lived in different places all around the world. I have met people coming from different Counties. I have traveled to an indefinite number of different Cities. I have been eager to learn about different cultures. I have always wanted to discover different ways of thinking.
And yet, here I am, feeling exposed and realizing how narrow my point of view has always been. I guess this is the effect Berlin has on people. With its extreme unconventionality, its exaggerated extravagance, its limitless freedom and its unbalanced personality. And when you are left with no boundaries. When there seem to be no more right and wrong. When all that is bad starts to be considered good. When all that you have learned seems to have no meaning. That is when you will finally start to understand what this city is all about. And in that moment you will realize that you…
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Take the time to see the other side of the story. There’s a big world out there!
(feel free to comment, but please be aware to give the original blogger their kudos as well. Danny)
I have been thinking about something I wrote a week or so ago about an exercise a college professor had us do to gain perspective on a topic: argue the opposite of your belief. So I thought I would write an article on why it is not necessary to do anything that relates to self-improvement or personal development. I am also not going to edit this, it will be honest and freely associated. I have no clue how this is going to turn out, but here goes anyway:
Too many people think it is necessary to continue to work on themselves. Why can’t we just appreciate where we are, who we are and what we are in the moment. So many people are focused on the future that they completely miss the present. What if, while planning this super awesome future, you died and missed out on life right here, right now? I am reminded of the John Lennon line “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Plus, shouldn’t we accept ourselves for who we are. If I’m a little overweight and that’s the way I want to be, then so be it. If I don’t make a lot of money, but I am content, then so be it. If I don’t like or have no desire to exercise then so be it. Life isn’t always about me trying to be a greater version of myself. What if I like me for exactly who I am, exactly the way I am?
Companies are constantly attacking our self-confidence with advertising, inferring that we are not good enough, smart enough, happy enough, pretty enough until we buy their product. Then we will be happy. Then we will be pretty. Then we will have tons of friends and be popular.
Then you have websites encouraging us to “Do These 5 Things in Order to Achieve Happiness.” If I spent my time online reading all the advice on how to make me happy I would’ve missed out on my trip to the balloon festival. Now that is living life. I saw friends I haven’t seen in over a year, breathed in some incredible fall air and got to see hundreds of balloons in the air!
But back to the “me being me” talk. Why is it necessary for me to change? Why should I have to make more money? Why do I need to listen to anyone that says I am not okay just the way I am? Isn’t life going to happen regardless? And I will change in time so why put so much effort into it?
Why do I have to have this elaborate plan? Why do people keep telling me I have to have goals? I don’t have to do anything. What if I just want to work my job, hang out with my friends and be okay with that?
I have zero desire to conquer the world. All I want to do is enjoy my little bit of peace and quiet on this little rock as it spins around the universe. If people around me would just accept me for who I am it would make my life a whole lot less dramatic AND a whole lot easier.
I am okay with my spot in life. I like my friends. I like my job. I like where I live. So why can’t everyone else be okay with it also?
How would you counter this viewpoint if this was debate class?
Hands down my favorite post about forming opinions and being open to information in order to form an opinion. YOU MUST READ THIS!! Btw, I had no idea there was a thing called Zoob’s Law.
I encourage everyone to find truth. We will never grow if we close our minds to truth. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Many people are not ready to receive truth. We are all at different stages of learning. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
This brings up an interesting fact. Some people might be looking for a solution to a health problem or another concern they are having. When they are introduced to a solution they don’t recognize it as such, and easily discount the new concept as crazy or absurd.
I like Zoob’s Law. It goes like this, “Generally the non-informed can be expected to oppose whatever he does not understand, hiding his own ignorance by a degree of aggressive descent roughly equal to his ignorance. The greater the ignorance, the greater the…
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Being able to develop one’s own opinion begins with knowing who we are as a person. What is important? What’s not important to us? That kind of thing. Join Amy Lou Blogs on her journey…
Well now, isn’t that the most complicated question? At some point or another everyone comes to a point where they find themselves thinking about who they are, who they grew up to be. I’m certainly not the person I thought that I would be when I was younger. I was so sure that my life would go down a certain path but when I got there it just was not what I expected.
So who am I now? I’m opinionated, more so than most people. I’m sarcastic beyond all sense and reason. I like things my own way, but I’ve learned to compromise. I’m honest (most of the time) and nothing makes me angry like being lied to. I’m protective of the people who matter to me and I would do anything for them. Not all my personality traits are good but that’s okay. It’s okay to just be unapologetically…
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In attempting to find a reblog to continue our talk about opinions, I found this eloquent diatribe on Scott’s World (all of his points I agree with AND curse about daily). He deals with traffic, but also is a microcosm of society. We’ve been discussing informed and uninformed opinions and how a person’s life experiences influence his or her ability to form well thought out and informed opinions. Sometimes people stop abruptly to let other’s into traffic. Why?? I never do that because I was taught better. But so do and will continue to do so. And some in society will have opinions on a certain politician because they like his dog. I guess we have to live with this fact.
“So Here’s the Thing…” is a recurring column here on Scott’s World in which I address a particular topic that is either a source of frustration for myself, a controversial subject in society, or a current event on which I have a strong opinion. Let me stress again that if you won’t be able to handle my occasionally-polarizing commentary then you should probably skip these posts. Today’s column is on:
It’d be easy for me to fill pages and pages with the things that bother us all about traffic and specifically other drivers. I’m not going to do that. We’ve all been through those things a thousand times already when we complain to our friends or family about some idiot who cut us off on the way home from the office yesterday. Instead I’d simply like to clear up a few things for everyone, because I honestly feel that…
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Changing opinions only requires a sharp blade and a surgeon with a brain donor! Great line. Opinions, opinions everywhere…
Throughout our lives our experiences and social interactions shape our modes of being and our opinions. For some of us these opinions become rigid, mentally isolated from the flux of being which originally gave them form. This inflexibility will cause conflict to arise in this shared world of ours – but do not fret. It is not difficult to change somebody’s mind. All you need is some patience, a little time and a mad surgeon with some serious blades and a co-operative or sufficiently restrained brain donor. Never give up on people. And if you’re really ambitious you can follow Ghandi’s advice and “be the change”. Change a mind, change a life (or two).
There is a difference between having an opinion and being opinionated! This post points out this fact.
In short, no.
Some opinions are based on reading and research.
Some opinions are pulled from . . . um . . . the air.
I have a young, liberal friend who reads like a fiend and watches CSPAN as a hobby. He has often fact-checked my posts. Where he has proven me wrong, I have either changed them or apologized.
He is a valuable friend, even though our politics do not agree.
I know many other liberals, and conservatives, whose opinions have not been proven to be worth a plugged nickel. They only repeat what they hear others say, without inserting any of their own gray matter into the process. That is a tragedy. God gave us our brains so we could use them to think. I am not talking about mentally challenged people here. I am talking about mentally lazy people.
I have come to a decision…
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