Impartiality: Living Without The Weight Of Opinions
“Impartiality: Living Without The Weight Of Opinions” was written by guest contributor, Samuel Kronen.
It is generally the case that when someone is without a strong opinion it is somehow considered a knock on that person’s character and personal integrity, when in reality quite the opposite is the case.
True objectivism, impartiality, neutrality, is really the essence of integrity, for it is only when we are without preconditioned opinions and belief systems that we can be most aligned with our truest and most authentic selves. To live without the weight of pre set opinions is to live a deeply moral and virtuous life.
What is an opinion/belief system, really?
It is essentially a pre-established view tied to a particular experience in the past. It is a particular neuro-pathway, which is to say a specific pattern of thought, that is not based in the immediacy of direct experience.
The stronger and more deeply rooted an opinion, the less likely it is to be akin to truth, for we are most aligned with truth when we are most wholly engaged with and immersed in the present moment.
This does not necessarily imply that we need not contain certain views, for this is an integral aspect of the human experience, rather we mean to convey that it is absolutely crucial that we ceaselessly remain with a certain quality of openness and receptiveness, otherwise we will invariably be at the mercy of illusion.
Identifying with strong opinions
Think of those who have had the strongest and most entrenched opinions throughout history: Hitler, Stalin, Kim Jong Il, Pol Pot, etc.
Of course, there exists the other end of the spectrum, i.e. Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jiddu Krishnamurti etc., but surely these people personified a much different frequency than the aforementioned that could be perhaps be described as a certain quality of tolerance, broadmindedness, and responsiveness.
To be deeply absorbed in an opinion is to inexorably be identified with it, and thereby when the opinion is attacked then one’s intimate sense of self is attacked.
All forms of thought-identification, by which we mean all of the ways in which we invest our sense of self in an idea, inevitably bring about unnecessary stress and disconnect us from our deeper nature. Thereby when we disengage from this propensity, we free ourselves from this dogmatic and limiting structure of belief.
To live under the spell of belief, which is to say to live with thoroughly fixed opinions, is to live in a state of detachment from the underlying reality that sits quietly beneath the incessant flux of mind activity. There can be no sense of that which is actual, of that which is objectively the case, when one is bound by opinionation, and thereby it is imperative that we learn to proceed under the only viable authority that is the immediacy our own direct experience.
If we can live by our own experience, which is to say if we can live wholly in the present moment, then there is no need for opinionation. When one exists in such a state, then truth will be derived naturally and with utter fluidity. Only here can we tap into our deeper nature. Only here can we be free.
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About the Author: Samuel Kronen is a young writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and warrior of the soul whose life work is comprised of the pursuing of higher consciousness and the propagating of love and compassion on a collective level.