I Opine, You Opine, He/She Opines

February 6, 2017

Yup. Everybody has one. No not the only hole in our body that can not be seen in a bathroom vanity mirror, at least not unless you are still young and supple and very inventive. Opinions.

Now, where they come from is another matter. I imagine that you have spent much of your formative years being bombarded by the opinions of parents, relatives, school mates and even, maybe, a street ranting crazy person occasionally. All of those people, in turn, did much the same as you growing up. And now that you are old/experienced enough, it is time to make up your own mind about things. Beware, lest there be dragons.

It can not be a factually proven that anyone takes the time to examine where all or any of their opinions have come from or whether or not there exists any truth/fact basis for these opinions. Some of them are so ingrained in our psyches that we actually have a physical gut feeling whenever a current thought, word or deed brings such opinions to the fore. Usually, it is very difficult, but not impossible, to stop this runaway train of thought. The scar tissue on your tongue, if you have any, is proof of this but tempers more often than not win out.

Changing one’s opinion, because of new facts is quite difficult, frowned upon and considered a sign of untrustworthiness  in political circles, unless, of course self serving expediency dictates. The electorate seems to have short attention spans but Twitter, Twitter never ever seems to forget or forgive.

So, the next time you casually utter, in public, or write for posting on the Internet, something that piques someone else’s sensibilities you may be in for an unexpected debate, a Trumpesque tweet reply or just the sound of teeth biting tongue. Everyone has one and they are hardly ever the same and if you think you are the smartest person in the room, there are probably just as many others who think the same thing.

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