Having opinions

Too many people have opinions on things they know nothing about. And the more ignorant they are, the more opinions they have.

Thomas Hildern – Fallout New Vegas

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Bruce Lee Week #4: Do not divide

Take not thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than.

Be not for or against.

Bruce Lee

The matter of right or wrong is something very subjective. Yes, there are certain things not to be argued with, like the laws of physics. But in most cases, decisions require judgement.

The moment you decide that something is right or wrong, you make a judgement.It is right in your eyes. Based on what you know and believe in this world, you can decide. It is perfectly reasonable for other people to disagree. Maybe they have experienced other things and see the matter in a different light.

Right, wrong, good or bad, those values are no absolute factors. They are subjective and can change. They are influenced by a lot of factors and it is not only about agreeing or disagreeing with other people. Maybe your future-self disagrees with some of the things you believe in right now. Actually, that is pretty likely.

Therefore try not to judge too much. Respect and value the right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas. Listen a lot! Discuss your own ideas and the ideas of others. But be careful in your judgement and be even more careful when talking in absolutes.

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Embrace differences

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

Thomas Jefferson

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