by Eckhart Tolle
Two or more people express their opinion and those opinions differ. Each person is so identified with the thoughts that make up their opinion, that those thoughts harden into mental positions which are invested with a sense of self. In other words: Identity and thought merge. Once this has happened, when I defend my opinion (thoughts), I feel and act as if I were defending my very self.
Facts undoubtedly exist. If you say: “Light travels than sound,” and someone says the opposite is the case, you are obviously right and he is wrong. The simple observation of that lightning precedes thunder could confirm this. If you are simply stating what you know to be true, the ego is not involved at all, there is no identification.
The ego is involved when there is turned into a mental position. It is hiding in the little word “me.” The “I” feels diminished or offended because somebody doesn’t believe what “I” said.
Ego takes everything personally.
Thought can at best point to the truth but it never is the truth. That’s why Buddhism say “The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.” If you believe only your opinion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego.
Don’t seek the truth
Just cease to cherish opinions
– Zen saying –
If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
Every ego confuses opinions and viewpoints with facts.
Every ego is a master of selective perspective and distorted interpretation.
Only through awareness -not through thinking- can you differentiate between fact and opinion.
If I am defending the truth, I am defending “my truth”, or rather the illusion of myself.
The truth, in any case, needs no defense.
Every thought implies a perspective, and every perspective, by its very nature, implies limitation, which ultimately means that it is not true, at least not absolutely. Only the whole is true, but the whole cannot be spoken or thought. Everything is happening now. All that ever has been or will be is now, outside of time, which is a mental construct.