Imposing Your Viewpoint

Most people are trapped trying to impose their viewpoint on the world. They carry around beliefs about what is right and wrong, and they hold on to these beliefs for years.

“I am right” brings comfort, but not true happiness. The people you feel wronged by will never apologize and make your wounds and grievances go away. The people you judge against will remain isolated from you. No one has ever been made happy by proving that they are right. The only result is conflict and confrontation, because the need to be right always makes someone else wrong.

There is no such thing as one and only one correct perspective. Right is whatever conforms to your perception. You see the world as you are. Others see the world as they are, too. This insight is tremendously liberating because, first of all, it makes you unique. Ultimately it makes you a cocreator with God. For as your consciousness expands, so does reality. Tremendous hidden potential is revealed.

The opposite happens if you insist upon being right. Because others will disagree, your need to be right will generate antagonism and rejection. As we are all too sadly aware, if the need to be right is rigid and fierce enough, wars ensue, often in the name of God.

If the world is a mirror of who you are, it is always reflecting a point of view. Objectivity is an illusion of the ego, created to bolster its insistence that what it sees is right.

It’s tragic that people sacrifice the real goal of life, which is increasing joy and happiness, for the cold comfort of judging others and feeing superior to them. If you see the world with judgment instead of love, that’s the world you will inhabit.

Adapted from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).


Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago


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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

The older I get the less sure I am of anything. When I was young I used to think it was weak and nebulous to change your mind, but now I believe it's a sign of sanity!

charmaine c.
Charmaine C7 years ago

I cannot align myself with cruelty to animals, violence to woman and children and the outright stupidity and ignorance seen every day caused by pure greed. It is running rampant in our societies. I will not stand by and see someone set a puppy or a bull on fire for sport and think "oh well, he's right. It's just a different opinnion from the one I hold". No! It's not about wanting to be right but seeing right is done by those who have no voice or have difficulty speaking. If you live in a world of privilege then on the whole life's nastiness probably will not touch you, but if you live in the jungle then you see it daily and you must act or become a predator yourself. I am not afraid to evoke conflict that enables justice for others.

Janet T.
Janet T7 years ago

While this philosophy might ring true for personal choices where we all differ, it fails when harm is being done. Hurting an animal is wrong. Dumping oil in the water is wrong. There are many genuine wrongs, and saying otherwise sounds like a pitiful excuse to do nothing to make the world better. We all need to stand up for good, and can do it without being rigid. But we still have to stand up!

Barb F.
Barb F7 years ago

Adamant believer of "free will", something that is part of my nature, I take no issue with anyones definition of "right" or "wrong", with exception to the occurances these decisions harm others directly or indirectly, abuse of the blessing of free will is what I do take issue with.

Anubandh Srivastava

you stole my words man. yes, i am right