Nothing Wrong with Having an Opinion!

opinionWe are all classified as humans, coming from various socioeconomic groups,  influenced by many diverse cultures and yet, we all have pretty much the same issues in life to deal with. As to how we deal with issues, that’s another story or should I say “opinion.” According to Wikipedia, an opinion is a belief about matters commonly considered to be based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of  one’s interpretation of facts, laced with emotion. They go on to state that an opinion may be supported by arguments, yet people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts.

Lastly, Wikipedia goes on to state that in casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person’s feelings, perspective, understanding and desires, as well as, is most likely secondary to unsubstantiated information instead of fact based beliefs. In addition to personal opinions, there are also collective or group opinions, such as, legal opinion, editorial opinion, medical opinion, public opinion and scientific opinion, just to name a few. Opinions are also known to cause division as well as consolidation.

I find it rather interesting in that we  develop our own set of beliefs while growing up, yet let it be noted that even beliefs within the same household vary. Once we leave home, we head out with a belief system base, which continues to change/evolve throughout one’s lifetime. I have personally observed that in my own family, the siblings who remained geographically near our parents, typically have more of the same belief system/opinions we grew up with, than those of us who moved away and visit on a less regular basis.

When at home amongst one’s family, the base belief system  appears to re-generate itself  while in the midst of those you grew up with. It’s never forgotten or goes away as its part of you. It’s interesting to hear opinions of all when conversing and noting slight deviations, secondary to the spice chosen in each person’s life. Venturing in and out of our life associated groups, whether it be religion, dental, manufacturing, retail etc., our belief systems/opinions appear to change or evolve, secondary to pertinence.

What diverse people we all are, yet amazingly, we can all come together to form or re-mold our own belief systems, during time of need. Take natural disasters for example; people from all over the world come together to work with those of similar beliefs/opinions for the betterment of others. Human beings can be truly remarkable when they so choose or put out the effort.

We all need to realize that although we are each unique beings and have our own opinions, we need to remind ourselves that we are but a small part of a larger conglomeration, with no one person, being any more special or better than the other. We all need to learn to respect one another’s opinion, whether we agree or not.

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