Daily Stoic Entry #40: What If I Didn't Have An Opinion About This?
February 9th 2022
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Increasingly, it seems, that this question is becoming more important in today's society. Everybody needs to say their piece, everybody seems to be so easily outraged about something these days. Often about things and matters that is a continent away or doesn't even apply to them. Now, I'm not talking about humanitarian efforts, but more the trivial outrages of someone saying something stupid and people feel the need to crucify them. I don't see why that's useful at times, especially when it just annoys the shit out of you and ruins your day. Better to stay out of it completely. But it's also useful to not have an established opinion about something because you might go into something with a more open mind.
If I want to be cheeky I should really respond with an empty page to this question. Not having an opinion about the question and all that. However, that's not the point. The point is to examine elements in your life you could simply leave be or walk away from. People have a tendency to drag you into drama and suck up your time. Don't be tempted by it, especially with Covid where everybody has something to say about policies or whatever. And I'm no better at this, I admit. I'm trying to have less of an opinion about matters especially when it doesn't provide me anything useful. Besides, do you really want to spend energy to have an opinion about everything? That sounds exhausting. So probably not.
Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.