YOUR IDEAS WILL NOT WORK
So many people are fooling themselves about life and who they are. Because people have many opinions about life. People usually think, what they believe in is the truth.
But, since each individual has a different set of values in life and what you believe is right or wrong or as truth, may not be the case.
I was reading “The Great Ideas’’ by Mortimer J. Adler the other day. In the third chapter, he talks about ‘’The Difference Between Opinion and Knowledge.’’ That is also the title of the third chapter of his book…
I would like to ask you the questions he was asking in his book.
1.What sort of objects are the objects of knowledge, as opposed to the objects about which we can only have opinions?
Think about it.
What is knowledge and what are opinions? Are they the same? Are they made up of the same element?
And the second question he asks is;
- What is the psychological difference between knowing and opining as acts of the mind?
Who is the individual who wants to know? To know the truth no matter what you think about it. To know the truth but the truth, even if you don’t like it.
Most people I know and most people who join my courses are mainly concerned about making themselves right, not knowing the truth. A wide variety of people want to opinionate and not many people are interested in questioning their thoughts or opinions.
Because questioning yourself needs wisdom. Some kind of a mindset and a level of consciousness requires quite a unique way of looking at things.
Adler’s third and fourth questions are;
- Can we have knowledge and opinion as acts of the mind?
- Can we have knowledge and opinion about the same thing?
Can the mind who is interested in knowledge also be interested in opinionativeness?
My answer is of course not. People who want to be right are not interested in truth itself. They are interested in their own opinions being right. And opinions are not either wrong or right. They can’t be right or wrong. Because they are opinions. Someone who has the exact opposite value system in their mind will see everything your right as totally wrong and understanding of truth can be opposite to yours.
So who is right? In truth, nobody. And maybe everybody.
Everybody is right in their way in their own unique opinionate way. They are all wrong when listened to by an individual who has the exact opposite values. So nobody is right or wrong and everybody is right and wrong in their way.
Let’s look at Adler’s fifth and sixth questions.
- What is the scope of knowledge? What do you think?
- How much knowledge do we have as opposed to the kind of things about which we can only have opinions?
How much knowledge can you have about things you can only have opinions about?
For example, someone else, other than yourself. Even if they are your children, do you or maybe it’s better to ask it this way can you ever really, truly know them? Can you ever really truly know what’s in their head, how they are feeling, who they are or what it is like, to be them…
So how can you ever really truly judge them? Nowadays, people talk about judgement as if it was something bad, a real curse or something. Judgement is not good or bad. It is childish.
It is not having the wisdom and understanding that you do not and you cannot ever know what you are judging.
And what can you judge if you don’t even know it? So judgement is neither good nor bad.
Do not go out and teach our children things like, judging people is not good, teach them the stupidity of judgement. Teach them they cannot ever really truly know anyone but themselves. And better, know yourself. Be the one who knows himself so that you will understand you cannot know anyone else… 🙂
Adler’s last question was:
- What is the limit or scope of opinion in the things of our mind?
What happens when you opinionate? We disconnect from the truth, right? If knowledge and opinions cannot be together, if they need different mindsets, we are disconnecting from through every time we opinionate. And our opinions about things are sometimes hilarious!
Sadly, most children learn opinions in school, not knowledge. All one has to do, is to recall how one learns history and geography. These things, being opinions can only be learned by memorising. But think about geometry for example, which has principles and conclusions. Aristotle’s insight on this subject is that one man can only opinionate about what other man knows. We can be thinking the same things but whereas one man has an opinion, the other man can know that very subject. And they do not agree. Because one questions and goes beyond his ideas awakens inside the truth and the other beliefs in his opinions.
Sokrates was the first teacher to discover the principle of teaching. He opinionated all the time.
It was the first principle of his method. He spoke of it as ‘’cross-examining the pretender to knowledge and wisdom’’. And by cross-examination, he was showing them, they were in error,
that what they supposed they knew, but actually, they did not know.
That is first reducing them to ignorance so that they could be in the right state of mind to inquire and learn. Until you see none of your opinions is truth, you will keep on opinionated. A wise man does not opinionate. He stays humble, keeps on questioning himself and all the rest until he awakens to the truth. If you have been in one of my courses, you probably have noticed, I use his method, most of the time to bring you back to your senses.
Because people have opinions, mostly fantasies about life which keep them from empowering from within. My job is to get you beyond your illusions, your opinionated mind and teach you how to stay connected with truth. Only a few people can get beyond their opinions and fantasies of life. But when they do, their lives change eternally.
I am dedicated to changing your life forever…