Wednesday, 27 July 2011

"Opinions are good"

That is what my roommate told me the other night as we were chatting, “opinions are good, but society tells us to be so open minded that we lose the ability to form opinions”
I don’t know how I feel about that. I think when she said opinions, she largely meant religious convictions. I have an opinion about what is true. I have an opinion about whether or not that shirt looks good on you. I have an opinion about the meat industry and I have an opinion about God. Is that okay? My opinions might be wrong. If I say your shirt is ugly, I might be wrong, but if I say that I don’t like your shirt, you cannot argue with that. Opinions hurt people, and I don’t like hurting people. I also think that we can be far too set in our opinion that we fail to see where others are coming from, and fail to see the good in their opinion. Their opinion might be wrong, but I can still learn fron it and accept it as their opinion. And I shall try to learn to share my opinion without hurting other. These are just my baby thoughts ont this, I still have much to learn. What are your thoughts?

Unrelated quote for the day:
“Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to them.” - Gandhi


  1. I do think opinions are good. My thoughts, feelings, and experiences make me, ME. I was one that tried to purge myself of all opinions, because I didn't want to hurt people, but that REALLY hurt me.

    In order for a real discussion or dialogue to be able to happen, both people have to be willing to be wrong. I LOVE talking to people who think about things, and who are willing to continue to think about things. I don't enjoy talking to people who say they KNOW. That feels closed off and painful to me.

    There. There's my opinion on opinions. :)

  2. Jen - Thanks! I appreciate you sharing your opinion. You're right, they do make us who we are. And I have to agree that I am not a big fan of statements that start with "I know" cause I don't know, but I sure do think a lot.