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Being informed / having opinions
"Don't seek enlightenment - just seek to drop your opinions." -- purportedly a Zen proverb.
Many people value being "informed." It's supposed to be a good thing to know what's going on in the world and be able to hold our own in a discussion. People who have their "head under a rock" are looked down upon. It's a privilege to be able to make up our own minds, we're told.
To what extent is this emphasis on forming opinions problematic, from a Buddhist perspective?
Aren't opinions merely an extension of our egos? Part of a conditioned/constructed "self" trying to impose itself on the world? So what good is it - as someone who practices Buddhism - to become an archive for various evaluations of the world that I experience?
To be clear, I'm not saying that reading up on the news or reading an op-ed piece is a bad thing, but I think that the urge to "take a side" on issues can be.
Anyways, what do you people think?