Unpopular opinions are simply defined as ideas and beliefs that go against or completely contradict the conventional status quo. “Unpopular” is a relative term, because ones opinion may only be that way because of where they are located in the world. For example, spending 12 hours a day in school sounds like a blaphemous thing to do in many western countries, but in countries like South Korea and Taiwan it’s a norm for children to dedicate majority of their waking hours towards schooling.
Many of us have unpopular opinions; however, many are afraid to express them because of the potential backlash from family members and peers. Since the internet has become a large platform for sharing ideas, nowadays, it seems like independent thinkers have a stage to open their voice on different schools of thought. Many people have become fed up with conventional wisdom, groupthink, and trends started by popular culture.
I’ve decided to use this opportunity as a place to showcase a few [of many] unpopular opinions that I’ve formed based on the current groupthink trends of [western] society.
#1 Disagreeing is NOT synonymous with hating
And people should stop thinking these two things always mean the same thing. The thesaurus doesn’t even list disagree as a synonym for hate. A lot of people love the idea of having haters. Celebrities make it seem like it’s a cool thing to have. If you have haters, it usually means one or all of the following:
- You are popular enough for people to give a hoot about you
- It lights a fire under your butt because now you have an audience that you can prove wrong when you succeed
If you’re a millennial like myself, then you probably know at least one person who has said “Shout out to my haters!” or something along those lines. For some people, they don’t even have haters, but still flex on the internet like they do because it was the cool thing to do (and has been for awhile). Remember that song “They Know” by Shawty Lo? If we had Instagram ten years ago, take a wild guess which line from this song would be used in everyone’s caption.
Aside from the fascination of having haters, some people simply can’t fathom individuals who disagree with them, so sometimes things get taken personally.
Are there instances where disagreeing is a form of hating? Absolutely. There are always exceptions. Is every case of disagreement an act of hating? Absolutely not.
#2 The Glamorization is Entrepreneurship Is Cancerous
Okay, maybe calling it cancerous isn’t the best choice of words, but glamorizing entrepreneurship is something that grinds my gears to the point where I tune those individuals out. The people who do this are typically those who are selling some kind of course on how to be one. Of course they’re going to make it sound fabulous; they want your money, duh! Magnifying the benefits of a product is Marketing 101. In the age of social media, the glitz and glamour is at it’s all-time high. Have you’ve ever done a Google Image search of the term “digital nomad?” You will see a bunch of pictures of people on their laptops at the beach with a mixed drink. That is not their everyday reality; it was mostly a snapshot for the ‘gram.
Depending on the type of business, the steps to start one are “simple,” however the actually work that goes behind is not. No matter how you slice it and dice it, in entrepreneurship, there are no guarantees and, one should prepare to ride the craziest roller coaster of their lives.
I don’t blame people for sticking with their 9 to 5 jobs. Shoot, I work a part time while working on my own projects. One shouldn’t be shamed or viewed as inferior for working for the “the man.” You can live a happy life with nearly any type of job. Belittling someone’s profession just exposes your insecurity, not theirs.
#3 “This Or That” Culture
You’re either right-wing or left-wing, a traveler or a tourist, a big spender or a penny pincher, always at the club/bar turning up or always at home watching Netflix, the corporate alpha-female or Susie the homemaker. God-forbid you can perfectly balance two polarizing options. Meme culture has made it seem like everything is black or white (and make condescending remarks if you the other), forgetting that there is so much grey area. We are more than capable of balancing more than one thing.
#4 Hanging With People Who Always Think Like You Cripples Growth
Being around like-minded individuals isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it’s quite great; however adding some diversity in thought to your circles is even better. When you’re constantly around the same circles that reiterate the same rhetoric, it turns you into a “Yes Wo/Man.”
Just look at people who talk about social and political issues. You can easily tell which “side” they’re on because they only share news from one kind of view, whether it be left-wing, right-wing, or just western sources altogether. Even when those said sources share misinformation about a topic, it’s perceived as true because it’s fits the narrative of their “side.”
I believe that [keyword] opening yourself to listening to a diverse group of thoughts and opinions in a [keyword] non-defensive manner can challenge you, help you grow, and it can aid in solidifying why you believe in what you believe.
Do you have an unpopular opinion? Feel free to share your thoughts below!
*Judge-free zone over here*