It’s characteristic of people who have a veneer of knowledge to give the impression that they know a lot. In fact, a lot of these people go through life assuming that they’re right, most of the time, about almost everything: politics, religion, morality, assessment of others and memories. They unconsciously assume that they’re omniscient. They think they know. They talk a lot and listen very little.
However, as history has shown again and again, assumptions are wrong. They really don’t know. To be an intelligent citizen you need to keep your eyes and ears wide open and your mouth closed. When we talk more than we listen, we deprive ourselves of accumulating knowledge.
Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. In fact, they’re free.
Most people have a bag of them ready to be hurled onto anyone who’s willing to listen. And on top of that, they think that their opinions are right.
However, don’t confuse opinions with facts. When opinions are proclaimed as facts, that’s when we enter into the witch trials. As, Leonardo Da Vinci said, “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
Opinions are created by guessing and snap-judgments. Guessing instead of knowing is just false information. People take these opinions, or in other works guesses, and morph them into conclusions. They then hide behind these “conclusion” and peddle it as fact. Where there’s supposed to be evidence in the process from opinion to conclusion, we have honestly nothing.
Opinion Vs Fact: An Example
Imagine playing tennis and hitting a poor serve. From your perspective, you blew it. From your opponent’s perspective, it was a great shot. From the umpire’s perspective, the serve was neither good nor bad; it was simply “in” or “out.” The first two perspectives are opinions. The third is a fact.
Next time someone tells you their opinion, ask them for the source. And, ask yourself what merits does the opinion have?
Readers, let us reason together!
To your success,