Our opinions move us. Every choice we make has some form of opinion attached to it. Even if the choice we make is made out of pure emotion, the emotion is an expression of an opinion of the mind. When something bad happens you may become sad because it is the opinion of your mind that that is the appropriate response. Everything is an opinion for the most part because, for instance, someone can become sad over something if they are lied to and believe it to be true.
Because our minds are driven by opinion, all humans are in a constant state of seeking confirmation. This has profound implications because it means that if you can identify an opinion someone is seeking to confirm you can gain a great amount of control over that person for good or evil. A direct implementation of this is in sales. A common sales technique when trying to steal business is to ask a potential client what problems they are having with their current service provider and then go on to confirm the potential client’s opinions that they just expressed. They may have a stronger need to work with you because if you perform properly, you would confirm their opinions.
Opinion confirmation drives most religious beliefs. Picking and choosing dogma, “sign” identification and coincidence marked as miracles all revolve around one main premise – we all want to be right. In psychology it is labelled as the ego and in Kabbalah the ego is the selfish driving force that pushes us to want to unite with God. There is a major problem with our opinions though and that is we are usually wrong.
The reasons we are wrong vary a lot but what they all revolve around is ignorance or the lack of perfect information. Every opinion that the majority believes is wrong revolves around this. Racism for instance is the ignorance of people, assuming that the actions of a few represent the majority when they don’t. Once we realize we can be wrong, and be wrong a lot, the first thing we will want to do is try to prevent ourselves from being wrong. In business figuring out if we are wrong or right is pretty simple, it is reflected in our bank accounts. In everything else it is much trickier.
If it an artistic opinion, you most likely will confide in a group of people who will agree with your opinions or if you’re interested in being more accurate will seek opinions outside your circle. Generally, artists who seek confirmation from a small circle of similar minded people generally create lower quality work and you will never hear of them. This is no surprise, since conflict and competition generally create higher quality products.
It is very important that as we seek Elolight we never let our opinions become too solid and we always try to keep our opinions in The Flow. When it comes to other people we should not use our knowledge of opinions to manipulate them but rather to get people to leave behind the security of believing an opinion can be absolutely true.