In my last obvious piece, I alluded to the idea that lots of people don’t have original opinions of their own. This is true from my point of view. However, in spite of this, most people seem to have one or two opinions about every and any thing.
A very interesting paradox.
The actual calamity in this is that most of these don’t end as opinions, they’re actually paraded as facts.
Easy access to communication media makes it possible for anyone to put their thoughts out. Although amazing, it comes with an unfortunate side-effect of making people assume that they’re required to have a thought or two to put out about everything. This leads to misguided utterances and people getting the wrong education from many half-baked opinions being thrown around as facts.
The concept of an expert seems lost in the social media age.
It’s necessary for us to know that it’s OK to not have an opinion on a number of subjects, especially those that don’t affect us directly. It doesn’t make us intellectually inept. On the contrary, it lets us build more credence on ideas and subjects that we choose to build opinions around.
However, when we actually decide to have an opinion about something, we need to be gracious enough to state that we’re only expressing opinions and to gladly defer to an expert for facts.