"As Buddhists, we need not give up even strong opinions and positions – but we do have to give up attachment to them. Not being attached to them is to abandon the idea that because I think or believe something, it is true. And abandon the idea that the opinions of others are somehow lacking just because they are another’s idea, not mine. This makes commitment to growing, evolving truth more important than opinions and positions. The great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, 'A very popular error: having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one’s convictions.'
"This is the Buddhist way, too. Having a conviction, opinion, position, is inevitable. Holding to it carries no great virtue. Virtue is, while having a position, being open and even inviting challenges. That has the additional virtue of being a form of loving one’s enemy."
What are you noticing about holding onto opinions during these tumultuous times?
for Mindful Monday