Most of us insist on our right to our own opinion and that is as it should be. Does that mean everyone's opinion is of equal value? Honest debate will often prove that certain statements are not facts. It seems to have become a tactic to declare what was previously offered as a fact to be "just my opinion." The statement is now inviolable, holy and above reproach. Honest debate becomes a violation of someone's right to their opinion.
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Well to keep the flow going how are you going to inform me that your opinion is of equal value to my opinion, when I disagree with you on the value, objectivity, study and testing of the information that you are using to form your opinion.
Well, Larry, the opinion that "I'm a Republican because my daddy was a Republican' to me carries much less weight than 'I'm a Republican because I did my homework and the party supports my views.'
If the issue is of some import. say if Georgie here wants to be elected to some office on the Republican ticket and Larry is trying to disqualify him, then there would be some objective measure to turn a mere opinion into a fact.
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A standing ovation to you. The distinction you make here is clear and precise.
I'd say that Truth is not always loving. Indeed, I've seen Truth used like a weapon.
An opinion can usually be useful if we're clear about it being an opinion. It can be useful to know how other people perceive things (another kind of Truth...)
The author Garrison Keiler said "Equality can only be reached from the bottom of a deep hole."
So balance is of the essence, as is the availability of information.
That's not an opinion. That's an observation.
This is true.Even a child might see something the experts cannot see. say the purloined letter or the fact that the emperor isn't wearing any clothes.
Oh, I'm not looking for an answer. I just wanted to start people discussing and thinking about this and that's what everyone is doing. Thanks for your comments!
The abstract world and the real world. You are right, people tend to trust authority, yet even authority is not infallible and certainly not inerrant. What to do? Ask questions. And you are right, a bad attitude is a bad sign.
I agree with you. And there is a difference between having and holding. Having=this is my $.02 I'd like to put out there and see what happens. Holding=This is my baby! MINE!MINE! ALL MINE! So there!
Rhonda, what's the problem with holding an opinion? We can all believe something different and, as long as noone will get injured, it's ok.
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