“When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. Schopenhaur

Here’s another go at one liner weds 


Is Schopenhaur right?


How much of what you say is ‘you’?

How much is what you think  ‘you’?

How are our opinions formed and do they belong to you?

The world is a complex place – apart from inside my head.

There are many people who have  the idea that you have a right to your opinion.

People will argue and try to be heard as they know they have this right.

What is the advantage to having that right?

Being able to repeat – either agree or disagree with an issue that has been handed to you via the media?

To me, I think, selling the idea of ‘the right to your own opinion’ is a neat trick.

There are real issues,of course, but how well do you really understand them?

It may take seven years or longer to become a doctor.

How long does it take to understand society?

How are opinions formed and why?

Are they based on  what is logically right?

How does  social status  affect them?

Have you noticed if the boss tells a joke people laugh more?

Note : If you are the boss : Stop telling jokes – they’re not funny.

It can also be a more complex tribal situation of us/them. We feel safe in a group with our own opinions when we label an ‘other.’

By defining them we define our group and grow together.

What about the myriad of ways that we are influenced by others?

How many of you can really say that you have an original thought?

How many of your own opinions are truly yours?

(the thought where I am brilliant is likely to be the only true thought in your head)

The test I try to apply to myself is :

When I feel myself getting emotional over an opinion, I think – is this mine?

I try to trace where it came from, how it arose and why.

Real progress perhaps comes, not from having an opinion, but knowing the extent to which we are influenced.

What happened to this post? I must have been reading a book or something.

I’m not making that mistake again.



22 thoughts on ““When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. Schopenhaur

  1. Lol to your last lines
    As far as what Schopenhauers line up there, it’s all in the perspective of the phrasing.
    Partially accurate but we can’t avoid the relative-ness of all things that are filtered into our heads through how we assess and embrace things, how we assimilate ideas, thoughts and words. It’s translated and processed by our individual brain and through our already had experiences and knowledge in the moment it’s read.
    The authors mental process is continually altered slightly or massively when being read.

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