Free Your Mind by Having Fewer Useless Opinions
Last week I went to see author
while he was on his book tour for
Turtles All the Way Down
. It was a fun night of emotional speeches, lectures from his brother Hank dressed as a turtle professor (really), dubious advice, and even music, but there was something Green said that really stuck with me.
At one point during the show, John and his brother Hank did a live version of their podcast
Dear Hank & John
. In between giving advice to teens, Green mentioned that he and his brother thought there were too many opinions on the internet; or rather, people seemed to have too many strong opinions for too many pointless things, themselves included. So, they decided to cut back. Green said that he was trying to let go of at least one useless
I admit, it sounds a little silly dropping opinions on the spot, but it actually makes a lot of sense. The more opinions you have, the more time and energy you end up wasting to defend those opinions, and the more small amounts of
Make no mistake, I'm not saying opinions don't matter. They do! I'm simply saying Green is onto something, and that we could all benefit from shedding a few useless opinions on which we've been wasting our time and energy. The internet would be a better place without them, sure, but more importantly, your life would be better off with such newfound focus. Give it a try.