“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
We all have opinions (after all, if I didn’t have one I wouldn’t be writing this blog!).
The way I see it there are two kinds really: opinions which speak to the above quote by Douglas Adams, and those by people who just like to hear themselves talk.
Be leery of the latter.
I’m speaking of those individuals who typically have to challenge your opinion with an opposing one – many times for no other reason than to support a feeling of dominance as they wade through their imposing insecurities.
There is nothing I like more than to hold a lively, civilized and intellectual conversation with others – exchanging and expressing differing views and ideas. It’s that kind of conversation which helps us re-imagine things in a new way, while erasing the antiquated and judgmental ideas we’ve learned over time.
But it can be virtually impossible (and incredibly frustrating) when one of the participants is only interested in what they believe as being definitive.
While you can never expect that any two opinions will ever fully concur, you certainly can’t be so naïve to think that all of your opinions are correct.
Writing this blog for almost five years now has certainly taught me to be more aware and respectful of others feelings and opinions – and I hope it’s done the same for all of you as well.
Yes we all have opinions – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re opinions are based merely on insecurities and a need to always be right, then nothing constructive can ever come from it. It’s important to always remember, “Don’t judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.” ― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg