Monday, November 26, 2012

Are All Opinions Created Equal?

“Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception--do not confuse them with "facts" or "truth". Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint.”
~John Moore

“Q: Why do you blog?
A: Partly to make Butterflies and Wheels more frequently updated and more interactive (as well as that bit more interesting, I hope), but also because I think the world desperately needs to hear my opinions, and I like to oblige.”
~Ophelia Benson

I thought this was a pretty funny dialogue… It’s not my personal truth but nevertheless, very amusing!

I choose to write about my experiences or views because:

1-      I love to write. I write for myself; for my own benefit, for my own enjoyment. I write for self-expression, self-reflection… I've learned so much about myself in this process. I've met a part of myself that I never knew was there. And not only that, but I've learned a lot about other things in the course of the past 10 months.
2-      The second reason I love to write is that it allows my thought process to take its time, revisit the sentiment I’m feeling, and analyze it to make sure the thought or view is clear and sound. The more I think while trying to lay my thoughts on paper, the more everything gets reshaped into a decisive viewpoint. And ultimately, my writings become better. It’s like fine wine, the longer it’s allowed to settle itself and age; it becomes finer tasting. And lastly:
3-      I write because I love the challenge of hearing views that are completely different than mine. I write for the opportunity to share and acknowledge a different stance than mine. It’s not wise to go through life thinking that it’s “your way or the highway.” More often than not, our opinions, theories and beliefs are based on a set of circumstances that we were born into, moved into, adopted into, or even married into. Our thoughts are based on our experiences, relative to us. And everyone’s experiences are different. For example; if you were raised into a very wealthy family, you can’t expect to have the same take on life as someone who was born into poverty. The fundamental beliefs on “right and wrong” might be similar, but the thought processes will be quite contrary. It’s only when you hear the thoughts and opinions of others, that you can truly validate whether or not what you thought was based on a limited view of the world and how things really are….  

At the end of the day, being able to hear someone else’s opinion on something that took time and work/effort for you to comprehend, digest, and summarize, makes you a more understanding person and a better one! It’s like getting a free class on life; a free opportunity to learn from someone else’s time spent here on the earth. And that is invaluable. I would certainly love to sit and listen to great minds like Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and many others that have traveled different and successful paths in this life. They could simply tell me their views and opinions on how certain things should be done, how people should conduct business, and their opinions on how people could go about achieving success. Imagine the type of person you could become if you could connect brilliant opinions/ideas from others, to your own genius ideas…. You could be a person without limits. It really just depends on what opinions you value… 

Let’s place a caveat here. While you can have a healthy respect for anyone’s opinion, you can’t absorb everyone’s opinion. Did you catch that? I love reading responses to blogs I've written, and sometimes someone might say/write something that totally strays from the point I’m trying to convey. That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their interpretation of my writings and to their opinion. The point is; I’m also entitled to not accept your opinion into my mental database.

Opinions are just that… They are interpretations. They’re our very own conclusions to a situation, or event that we are asked about (or not asked). Opinions can’t be deemed true or false as they are not factual statements. An opinion is equal and comparable to the mind that creates it. Opinions, by definition, are theories. A theory is an unproven idea.
However, an opinion has to be strong enough that you believe it to the core. It has to be very well thought out, so that you can defend and argue it if the occasion arises.
Although my writings, opinions, viewpoints and statements are not set in stone, I feel very strongly about them because of all the reasons I stated above. BUT, I’m always open to my beliefs being challenged and possibly modified because I value everyone’s opinions… and some more than others J.

Well, here it is… Are all opinions created equal? I’m not sure. I can’t say… I think that one person may be able to give a more relevant opinion on a particular matter, given they have more experience than another person. But does that make the opinion of more or lesser value? It’s hard to tell… It’s just an opinion. When a child says (concerning Christmas), “We should all love each other because Santa will be happy,” is that a silly opinion because we (as adults) know there’s no Santa? No; it’s a relevant opinion based on what the child knows. 
Let me put it this way…
It is my opinion, that one opinion is equal in value to another... as long as it doesn't contradict mine! (Joking…)

“It were not best that we should all think alike;
it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”
~Mark Twain


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1 comment:

  1. This is how we summerize this in my country (and yours to ) : Mutu na mutu na ba sa depend na ye!


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