I have a plethora of opinions
I think opinions are good. Without them, we’d be like the 2 guys in the old Army commercial:
“What do you want to do?”
“I dunno, what do you want to do?”
“I dunno… what do you want to do?”
Seriously, don’t you hate people with no opinions? But at the same time, when you have opinions, you kind of like others to just accept yours. That kind of dynamic works for the short term, but in the end, no one grows. To grow, our opinions must be challenged and tested, and at least some of the time, they should change, because let’s face it, no one is right all of the time. In fact, most of us are not right most of the time—at least 100% right. We all have room to grow, and that’s what opinions are all about.
But, not everyone views opinions in the same way, and those who are not use to others having strong opinions can be offended by them. (And, it seems like it’s become America’s national pastime to be offended.) Having an opinion has the necessary effect of suggesting (or stating outright) that someone else is wrong.
Considering that I tend to be fairly vocal about my opinion (although in a politish sort of way), I thought I would outline a few things about how I feel about opinions—and mine in particular—so I could refer people back here from time to time rather than explaining myself over and over. So, here goes.
10 things to know about my opinions
- I have no shortage of opinions, and I don’t apologize for that. I have opinions on all kinds of things, including politics, religion, philosophy, music, social issues, and banjos. If I don’t have an opinion about something, my presumed opinion is that it is not important.
- I expect you to have—or at least start to develop—opinions of your own. If you don’t want to have opinions, feel free to borrow mine, but keep in mind that there are no express or implied warranties connected with my opinions.
- My opinions are usually resulting from a fair amount of thought, reading, analysis but at times are completely off the cuff. I won’t usually tell you which is which. Caveat emptor.
- If I have an opinion, it’s because I think it’s right, and I will continue to think so until proven wrong. Then, logically, I will consider my new opinion to be right, and my old one will be wrong.
- If my opinion differs from yours, my presumption is that you are wrong. Otherwise, you see, I would have your opinion…
- I believe I am wrong—at least partially—about everything I believe. And I believe the same about you, perhaps even more so…
- I do change my opinions, sometimes quite drastically. I have changed my opinion—often many times—about major theological issues, politics, etc. I have even come to embrace the “Oxford comma.” However, my favorite color has always been blue.
- I do consider the opinions of others, even when I am arguing against them. Opinions must be tested, and the best way to test them is through confrontation and challenge, in a friendly sort of way.
- Being proven wrong—i.e. changing opinions—is not failure, it’s growth. And I will do my best to help you to grow.
- In the rare instance that I have no carefully crafted opinion on a topic, I reserve the right to make up an opinion on the spot and argue vehemently that you are wrong. Because that’s just who I am.