I’ve been burnt again. And then tied up and dragged through the streets. What’s the purpose of an opinion? To prove I’m right? You’re&
As some of you may know, I’ve become a particularly big ‘Stan’ of James Altucher’s writings. In his most recent book titled “Choose Yourself” he has a chapter named “Don’t Have Opinions”. What? everyone has opinion was my initial reaction to the title.
The author begins with a question, “do you really think you are going to change anyone’s mind?”. My answer is simply no. He continues with a couple more questions, “What is the purpose of an opinion? To prove you’re right? You’re wrong.”
One very good point Altucher makes is when he writes, “I’m trying to eliminate things. Not just material belongings I no longer need or never really needed to begin with, but all those things we’ve been taught from birth are “important” or “our way of life” that have actually become burdens and wastes of time because we cling to them and protect them like they are more precious than the time and energy we waste protecting them.”
He begins the next paragraph with “opinions are a way of clinging to the past.” In segment “B) One hundred years from now, everyone reading this book will be dead.” It reads that “science has no limits.” And in “D) Why educate people? he writes “only worry about your own happiness, which doesn’t have to be limited by anyone else’s stupidity unless you allow it to be.”
Then we head to point “E) I could be reading a book. Time is also a limited resource”. And “F) I think most people fight because they are alone. There’s nothing we can do about loneliness in the material world. We’ve been trapped in these bodies since birth. But we try. We want people to agree with us so that for a brief second we can feel good about ourselves, establish a connection, and then make slow, sweet love.”
We continue with “G) I’m always wrong. I have never had a correct opinion…”Opinions are like money. No matter how much you know, there’s always someone who knows more. And they aren’t afraid to flaunt it.” This paragraph concludes with “when I give an opinion, I know that opinion works for me, right then. But that’s about it. I don’t always need to fight for glory. I find that if I dig deep and throw away one thing a day, then I wake up the next day a little more peaceful. I don’t need to have so may opinions.”
The next solid point is “I) Less. I find that if I dig deep and throw away one thing a day, then I wake up the next day a little more peaceful. I don’t need to have so many opinions. And “J) Bewildered. We live in strange world… Clues unfold… The light is strange, your eyes are dilated (because of those eye drops the dentist people are very, very busy walking around you, paying with the currency of unhappiness now in order to reach their glorious futures someday… maybe.”
He ends the chapter by saying, “the point is, don’t focus on those things in the material world that you cannot control or possibly ever change, when you can focus on inner health, on your inner world, on the things that matter.” I agree with all the above!