“If you ever find yourself in complete agreement with the public, especially when “public” includes people you wanted to murder in the last election, then your position is not only wrong, it’s not even yours. You have been trained to have this thought, so the money is in understanding why.”
-The Last Psychiatrist
If you spend a lot of your time around people, you’re bound to come across someone saying the following:
“I have a right to my opinion.”
It’s a common defense amongst people who argue, a last-ditch effort to defend one’s position on a particular topic. While the statement, “I have a right to my opinion,” has the element of truth in theory, there are two key flaws:
1. Opinions are subject to analyzation and evaluation.
2. Without substance, opinions are worthless.
If you Google “opinion definition”, the definition given at the top of the page is, “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge (bolding is mine). The bold print illustrates something that most people fail to realize; having an opinion does not automatically mean it is based on objectivity. Many times, especially in the media, opinions are dressed up to look like facts, when they are bullshit.
The problem is not that people have opinions; we are free individuals and can do whatever we want. The problem is that opinions, when not analyzed and thought through, can be dangerous to society and the environment. How so? Look throughout history, and you’ll see that many of the world’s problems (genocide, gang violence, political struggles) stem from opinions without any objectivity.
What is the fundamental question to ask? Why?
Why? Why is the best question to ask when you want to gain an understanding of someone else’s thought processes. It’s the basic question of philosophy, and the basis of how society began.
As you may have noticed, I have presented several premises that could be deemed as “opinions”. If there is something in my reasoning that looks unsound, I’d love to receive feedback, and am capable of defending my positions, or opening up to other considerations.
This is how true objectivity can be obtained.