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Lions Roar : September 2015
different in the morning. A Buddhist, I take it, holds that everything is in constant flux, especially in our thoughts. While our affections and our deepest values may remain constant, our opinions come from the brain, the most frothy and least reliable part of us. Of course there are things we all believe, firmly and with passion. That extermination of the Other is wrong. That oppression is an abomination. OPINIONS ARE THE LEAST interest- ing thing about me, and about almost everyone I know. They’re the most changeable, too (as long as they are not dogmas). As Montaigne and Proust and Emerson observed—and as everyone who’s medi- tated for a while has noticed—what you hold to steadfastly this morning, you’re likely to repudiate this afternoon. The development that seemed outrageous just before you went to sleep looks entirely FROM WHERE I SIT An Anti Op-Ed Be wary of opinions, opines PICO IYER. The real truths are in doubt and questioning. That peace is to be applauded. But how hard it is to hold to such truths without becoming prejudiced, oppressive, and in fact divisive, without separating the world into me and you. Besides, your idea of peace may sound like conflict to me, and professional “opinion makers” CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE PICO IYER is a frequent contributor to the Shambhala Sun and the author of such books as The Global Soul, The Open Road, and The Man Within My Head. CALLIGRAPHYBYJAKUSHOKWONG-ROSHI SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2015 13