(An Ironic Op-Ed)
Dedicated to the smartest living person in my family, my cousin Lorrie. Don’t even THINK about sharing your “feelings” concerning this with me, my Queen!!
Let us start by exploring the factual definitive of Opinion:
Definition of O·pin·ion
A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
“I’m writing to voice my opinion on an issue of great importance”
synonyms: belief, judgment, thought(s), (way of) thinking, mind, (point of) view, viewpoint, outlook, attitude, stance, position, perspective, persuasion, standpoint; More
sentiment, conception, conviction
“she did not share her husband’s opinion”
as I see it, to my mind, (according) to my way of thinking, personally, in my estimation, if you ask me, for my money, in my book
“in my opinion, the green tiles clash with the yellow walls”
the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing.
“the changing climate of opinion”
an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something.
“I had a higher opinion of myself than I deserved”
As they say, everyone has them. Lots of them, really. We form opinions likely on day one of our arrival on Earth, and never stop until our heart does.
Ask anyone anything, and their opinion will be the answer of choice. Unless of course, they actually know the facts.
In an effort to be heard, especially by those that feel the most ignored, we shout our opinions on social media like poorly mannered children. Thinking the louder and more aggressive we are, the more correct we will seem. As if opinions are synonymous with fact. As if screaming out parroted lies, turns them into magically delicious truth.
Here is a visual aid, for clarity:
Becky has “good” hair: OPINION
Becky’s hair appears brown: FACT
When it comes to communication and understanding, we as humans have dove way too deep into the halls of opinion, and are worshiping at the shrine of our feelings. None of which will change the truth, about anything.
We have been told they are “neither are right or wrong”, and are always valid contributions to any conversation that we chose to inject them into, even if they have not been asked for. We believe every voice must be heard, even the most ignorant. Fact, is often sacrificed on the alter of public opinion, as the sheep have grown louder and more repetitive with time.
If we are talking tiddily-winks and fairy tales, opinion counts. If we are talking about sharing knowledge accurately, they do not.
Knowledge is ALWAYS based in fact, not opinion, something most just can’t seem to get their head around. And no amount of public opinion, will ever change this truth.
Definition of knowledge
1a(1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association
(2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b(1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something
(2) : the range of one’s information or understanding answered to the best of my knowledge
d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned a person of unusual knowledge
2a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
In a world where damn near everything has been reduced down to our most irrational and emotional base nature -the rational and the stable among us have been left on the corner of UNHappy and UNHealthy, without a ride home. We also want to shout the indisputable facts and be heard, but we are drowned out, by those who rather be self righteous, than right. Even when we can provide hard data to prove our points, it matters not to the pre-programmed fools, who have found a sickening kind of safety, in the land of make believe. These folks are like ill-bred pitbulls. They simply will not concede to the concrete. They are incapable of letting go, once their jaws have locked on their own opinionated words.
It is maddening to those of us who rely on the verifiable truth, to make our way across the landscape of life. We grow up feeling unheard, undervalued, and dismissed. By our teen years, it occurs to us we are indeed insane, and often begin to adopt lifestyles in alignment with this erroneous thinking.
Is it any wonder, why the brightest among us, end up in ditches, dives, and dumpsters? Given the drug de jour for this generation is a ‘pain reliever’…we really need to look more closely, at what we have collectively become. Maybe even consider holding those who encouraged it, accountable.
But alas, as my Mum is fond of saying, “The masses are asses, Daughter”.
I’ve gotta add…so is much of our leadership!
Someone had to lead the herd this way, and it sure seems calculated and intentional. And what’s worse, we allowed it! Unfortunately, the fox that produced these hybrid chickens, has been in the hen-house for decades, and it will likely take decades, to breed the ‘smart’ back into them. A very disturbing reality, to this rapidly aging writer!
It’s my hope, that I will live to see the day, when intelligence and rationality will begin to rule humanity. Not the Pleiadians or the uneducated opinions of clueless humans. Where knowledge and truth are King and Queen and society demands our opinion and feelings stem from this Kingdom, instead of Fantasy-Land. In so doing, we will not diminish our species, nor will we alienate less informed voices. Rather we will lift ourselves up in mass, to collectively become a more knowledgeable and informed version of ourselves. Something we desperately are in need of, if we are to survive the damage already done.
Don’t get me wrong. I love opinions! (CLEARLY) I truly love hearing about the points of view of others, and expressing my own. However, there is no place for them in matters that depend on accuracy and fact, when considering an life-altering decision be it an individual, or a collective one.
Understand this critical distinction~