Monday, April 25, 2011

Difference of Opinion

One thing I loathe about social networks--people go nuts over a difference of opinion. Allow me to explain my point of view (and yes, this is all my opinion). offers multiple definitions of the word opinion. The two that support this blog are 1) a belief or judgement that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty, and 2) a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

Please note it says a personal view, which means it is unique to you. The person next to you might share your opinion about one subject, but disagree completely regarding another. Does that make them stupid, evil or wrong? Nope. Not even a little bit. Nor are you stupid, evil or wrong. Opinion isn't right or wrong. As the first definition states, it's a belief (not fact) you have, though you may be unable to substantiate it.

I've recently seen polls circulating on Facebook regarding religious, political and hot button topics (like Coke vs. Pepsi). I LOVE that people are willing to share their opinions. It doesn't mean I agree with all of them. Others are appalled and immediately unfriend that person. If someone fires off an offensive statement, I hope you remove him/her from your cyber life. However, if you are offended because someone holds an opposing view on, say, religion or politics, that's a big red flag. To check your ego. So what if they don't agree with you? Who cares if they prefer red and you prefer blue? What does it matter if you drive a Ford and they drive a Chevy. If these things cause you to freak out, you have a problem.

It's called intolerance.

It's not your job to change anyone's mind. Don't waste energy being judgemental. Life doesn't end if you buy organic and your neighbor prefers conventional. The world still turns if you're a cat person, and your sister likes dogs. The world is a big enough place for every belief, every opinion, every taste. Why not appreciate the differences? You don't have to agree. You have the right to choose your personal view. That's all an opinion is.

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