State of The Opinion

Opinions are a dime a dozen.  Everyone has one and we love to talk about what we believe to be true.  Because I value the art of good conversation, people’s opinions on different issues interest me, whether it be concerning the touchy topics like politics and religion or Android vs. Apple. It is through these kinds of talks amongst our family and friends and even sometimes complete strangers, that helps us to arrive at some type of understanding on someone else’s views other than our own.  Just think for a second. How many times have you talked with a friend and within the conversation said, “Oh wow. I never thought of it that way.” You may not remember a specific instance, but I am sure you can say it has happened to you more than a few times. 
 
You do not necessarily have to agree with what that person believes to be true, but appreciate that there is always another way to look at something.  Looking at something differently can be enlightening, refreshing and worthwhile! I love examples, so let me provide you one: poetry.  One of the reasons I have always admired poetry is because what I take away from a particular poem, does not necessarily mean another person is going to take away the same thing. Why? Because what we bring to that poem are our life’s experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and you guessed it–our opinions. In other words, our interpretation of something may be similar, but the way we word it (and even feel about it) will most likely be different. And by you saying it differently, I can say, “Oh wow. I never thought of it that way.” See why I love the power of words?
 
So never be afraid to state your opinion, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to change it either.  Arriving at a different opinion on something means you learned something new and we should attempt to learn something new every single day.  The world would be a better place if we didn’t judge one another so much and simply tried to understand and value others opinions. My belief and what I find to be true may not be the same as yours, but I still respect what it is you believe; My opinion and how I interpret a situation is something you may disagree with, but you should still honor my right to have that opinion. 
 
Lastly, my hope is that after reading this, you are encouraged to listen with more of an open mind and heart because you never know what you may hear that helps you understand this world and more importantly your neighbor just a little bit better. 
 
“Which do you want: the pain of staying where you are, or the pain of growth?” –Judith Hanson Lasater 

Exerting Worthwhile Energy

Before diving into what has me irked today, but ties into what I am going to discuss, I really am beginning to think that I should study social media and the way people interact on these forums. It is all so fascinating to me.  Someone is eventually going to begin (or already has begun) studying the kinds of online personas that are present on today’s world wide web and social media platforms (that’s a blog post still in progress).  From the quiet in “real life” person and very loud online person (meaning you see updates from them constantly) to the person who simply retweets celebs and parody accounts, I am intrigued by them all.  What I want to discuss in this post, are the hundreds and thousands of people who take special time out of their day to make rude comments on celebrities social media pages. 

If you despise that musician, actor/actress or athlete so much, why on earth are you on their personal pages spouting off?  Yes, freedom of speech, but people really take it too far.  Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but it is not always necessary to share your ignoramus two cents.  Yes, public figures are allowed to be (and a lot of times should be) scrutinized, but there is a distinct difference between poking fun and unnecessary meanness.  LeBron James and Justin Bieber both are the two whose Instagram comments alarm me the most.  These are very, very successful and high profile celebrities who are making more money than the people leaving those comments will most likely ever see in their lifetimes. But yet, people are constantly making fun of LeBron’s hairline and Justin Bieber’s clothing. The researcher in me would love to find and interview these people and really challenge and ask them the most important question of all: Why? By leaving that comment, do you feel better about yourself? Why are grown men commenting about a 20 year old’s jeans anyway? Think I’m exaggerating? Please take a minute now (or after reading this) and scroll the comment section on their pages or any celebrities for that matter.

In this country with so many freedoms, it seems so petty to not follow the old school rule of not saying anything at all if it’s not nice.  People truly never cease to amaze me.  Everyday I am amazed by the prolific ignorance that and sincere hatred that people have in their hearts.  Why am I going to bother you if I don’t like you and/or whatever it is you represent?  I wish…I really wish people would take the energy they use on pointless endeavors and put it into something that breeds results. If that miracle ever took place our economy would be resuscitated, the government would not still be shutdown (or even better never shutdown in the first place), and folks would know that Obamacare and The Affordable Care Act are indeed the same thing. Folks, we have got to get it together. We have to begin to care about the important matters going on in this crazy world around us.  Either we stand by and let it happen or we make change. Which will you choose?

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt