I have a dilemma. It seems that some people I know have different opinions than I do. How can that be? I know my opinions are well thought out and logical. How can someone think differently?
Unfortunately, too many people think that way these days. And no one seems to care about the opposing opinions, except to have an opportunity to argue with one another. I like having discussions that involve rational thought and consideration for new information and other’s opinions. But that simply doesn’t seem to happen that much anymore.
So I am learning to shut up. It’s not an easy task for me. For years, I didn’t think my opinion counted (this is not therapy by blog, so let’s not explore why I felt that way). So now that I have an opinion, I want everyone to know about it and enjoy it’s wonderfulness. Whether it’s gay marriage, abortion, religion, politics, gun control – I can say something about it.
Facebook is a forum for everyone to share their opinions in small textual bites. And sometimes the things I see make me cringe. I made the mistake of responding to a friend’s opinion, and I got a rather curt response. I’m thinking a face to face discussion would have been a better idea. So now I’m just plain shutting up. This person has some opinions which obviously don’t agree with mine, so I’m just not going to go there. Does it shade my view of this person? I would lying if I said it didn’t. But I think my reaction is more to the curtness, not the actual opinion expressed.
We seem to be a country invested in doing small things rapidly without fully exploring all sides. This is true in politics, religion, and living life in general. Multi-tasking is practically worshiped even though it has been proven that the brain can’t really do two things at once. We are a nation of distraction, not involvement.
Excuse me now, I have to go distract myself with some mindless television.