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OMG, Opinions Really ARE Like Assholes

Updated on October 1, 2008

Let's face it, with the current financial crisis and an impending election, everyone is fired up right now about just about everything. In a way, it's great to see that there is still passion in what from what we're told is a civilization that sits on their ass watching other people try to lose weight from their ass on television and passively feel as though either they're better than the people they're watching on television or that somehow by osmosis that they will lose weight too. But I have to say that after listening to people spew their opinions in my general direction lately I have to say that I have learned the cliché is 100% true, OMG opinions really ARE like assholes - Don't Get Me Started!

That's right, whether it's the bailout or the Obama, everyone has something to say about everything and not only do they have something to say they believe every word that they're saying. I guess that's what surprises me more than anything. I've never been around so many people who know (and don't mind screaming it at you) exactly what should be done, who should win, what we should do regarding this financial thing and why most importantly why they're right. So it has to make you wonder how everyone can be right yet not agree one bit.

I am the first to admit that I'm not short on opinions (perhaps everywhere else, but not there). I mean, come on I've been bitching on this blog for over two years now. The difference is that I always try to preface things with, "this is just my opinion" or "I could be wrong but..." You see, I'm not one of those people who see the world in absolutes. I think life is pretty much liquid...rolling along sometimes at a dangerous pace but for the most part it can almost shift to get through any nook or cranny when it wants to get through. So it should come as no surprise that I try my best to get as much information as I can about things that matter to me. But getting information in the information age seems to be harder and harder because there is so much information out there and as they say, "Don't believe everything you read."

So if there's all this information out there and the supposed great minds of our day and age can't figure things out, how in the hell can you? That's right, YOU! I recently had the experience of driving someone to the airport. If you've ever driven someone to the airport, you know that you couldn't get more "stuck" with someone unless you were Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins on the Blue Lagoon (or bought a ticket and sat through that movie). It's especially difficult if it's someone you don't know, that you know is important to your business and so you sit there trying to just not have your ears blow off of your head while stuffing your own opinions down.

As I said, I'm okay with people talking about their thoughts or feelings on issues but Christopher Columbus when they are so convinced that the world is flat, how do you keep your round perspective? As you know, I'm not a quiet person so I only have so many nods and smiles in me before I practically explode. The thing is if either of the candidates were as horrible as their opposition is convinced that they are then there really is no future for us as a civilization regardless of who gets in. And if anyone is surprised by the current financial crisis then they obviously don't know anyone. If I listened to one person tell me how they bought a house they couldn't afford because they got the loan and were convinced they would flip it and make a fortune then I must not be watching reality television or talking to anyone.

I hate to say it but it all seems as though greed and trying to keep up and get beyond the "Joneses" is what put us in this financial crisis and I wonder if it's not better at this point to just figure out how to get the hell out of this situation rather than throw blame and watch the CNN screen cut up to try and get fourteen "pundits" on the screen to yell at one another?

As far as the candidates go, I'm going to vote no matter how futile sometimes it feels with the whole Electoral College thing in place. I won't lie that I have been embarrassed about the way that we've isolated ourselves from the world over the last eight years of the Bush administration and it's no surprise that I'm voting for change and Mr. Obama. What I wish for everyone is that they could at least try to see the other side and value in them. I'll admit it's difficult for me in the case of a Sarah Palin but if nothing else she makes great TV! I do find it comical when I hear people talk about how qualified she is for the Vice Presidency. I'm glad we're all so passionate but just do me a favor and before you spew what you think you know with 100% absolute knowledge that your way is the only way, stop, breathe and remember that there truly are no absolutes in life. OMG opinions really ARE like assholes - Don't Get Me Started!

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    • Chef Jeff profile image

      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      It's a mess and we're the ones who are going to pay for it. Tighten you belt and hang on - the wild ride is about to begin!

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      BizzyMuse 9 years ago from Southern California

      somelikeitscott - loved your hub! You express well what a lot of people are thinking. Listening to people I know (and don't know) so freely come up with the perfect solution for every economic or political challenge, has become a source of amusement for me. If nothing else, it's a form of cheap entertainment!