I got this from a question I asked somewhere else:
"Buddha and subsequent teachers gave many teachings on opinions.
In summary, opinions are viewed as a type of "opposites thinking."
Opposites thinking is characterized by "I like this" and "I don't like that." It divides the world into good/bad, right/wrong, me/you, us/them. Opinions only reflect our preferences and do not reflect any truth about the world. Further, they separate us from the truth by conditioning how we experience the world.
Probably the clearest teaching on opinions by the Buddha is captured in the Kaccaayanagotto Sutta.
In this text, the Buddha describes the problem with opposites thinking, dogma and opinion. It is all marked with "dukkha" or suffering.
Since it's a short sutra, I'll copy the entire text for you:
[At Saavatthii the Ven. Kaccaayana asked the Blessed One:] "'Right view, right view,' it is said, Lord. In what way, Lord, is there right view?'
"The world in general, Kaccaayana, inclines to two views, to existence or to non-existence. But for him who, with the highest wisdom, sees the uprising of the world as it really is, 'non-existence of the world' does not apply, and for him who, with highest wisdom, sees the passing away of the world as it really is, 'existence of the world' does not apply.
"The world in general, Kaccaayana, grasps after systems and is imprisoned by dogmas. But he does not go along with that system-grasping, that mental obstinacy and dogmatic bias, does not grasp at it, does not affirm: 'This is my self.' He knows without doubt or hesitation that whatever arises is merely dukkha that what passes away is merely dukkha and such knowledge is his own, not depending on anyone else. This, Kaccaayana, is what constitutes right view.
"'Everything exists,' this is one extreme [view]; 'nothing exists,' this is the other extreme. Avoiding both extremes the Tathaagata teaches a doctrine of the middle: Conditioned by ignorance are the formations. So there comes about the arising of this entire mass of suffering. But from the complete fading away and cessation of ignorance there comes the cessation of the formations, from the cessation of the formations comes the cessation of consciousness... So there comes about the complete cessation of this entire mass of suffering." "
if this is so, then what about in a situation like this-
thinking the smell of urine is foul or seeing a dead animal and thinking that is gross/sad or what have you.
i'm trying to rid of my confusion on the topic.
Thanks in advance :)