If any of you have noticed the 2000’s have been getting increasingly opinionated and 2017 rolling into 2018, we have seen a storm of them coming through. Women are standing up against the abuse that has been going on in the working world for far too long. Students are speaking out against violence. Our social media threads are filled with the opinions of people who want to be heard. We are all shouting our opinions in a hope to be heard, but how many of us are taking the time to listen and learn about the subjects we are screaming about?
I’m not saying that all of us are ignorant of the subjects being discussed, but too many of us are too quick to judge one another because not all of us have the facts. Not all of us are willing to listen to the facts. This stubbornness is what causes so much disagreement and discontentment among us. We aren’t willing to listen to one another and we more times than not believe we are right and the other people are wrong.
It’s hard, trust me, I am one to talk. I have extreme opinions, and there have been times in my life where it has pushed people away because I wasn’t willing to listen or considered someone else’s view. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but your opinion is NOT fact. Unless you have evidence to support your opinion, then you are no more right then the person you are stating your opinion too.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” How we view the world and share our opinions reflects who we are as an individual. It’s not bad to share your opinions, but if we take a minute to consider how our opinions reflect us, I think we would be more hesitant and more careful in how we express them.
I know, we all want to be heard, but there comes a time and a place for our opinions. There is also a way in which we can express our opinions without seeming like complete assholes. We may still end up sounding like assholes because again, people will be entitled to their opinions of their own. So all I am trying to say today is to be careful with your words. It’s like the concept that the pen is mightier than the sword. It’s very accurate and you never know who you might stab unintentionally.