Truth About Opinions

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 31, 2011

Chamblee54 is normally a profanity free blog. However, for this piece, certain cuss words are essential to the free flow of information. In other words
This text is going to be gender insensitive and use the male form throughout. Just remember, when you read he, it also means she and it. Or, she it. Those from the south will enjoy that last comment.

Recently, a radio whiner referred to a study, that said that one third of all people were not qualified to have opinions. This was said before a commercial break, without saying why this percentage should be without opinions. Possible reasons would be lack of education, inability to think critically, or a disturbing tendency to disagree with the person doing the study.

When it comes to opinions about opinions, there are several classic lines. There is the crowd pleaser “opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got theirs”.

This is missing the mark. Opinions have more in common with the shit that comes out of an asshole. Feces is the product of  food  fed into the digestive system. Opinions are the result of information (and misinformation) fed into the thought system. Doodoo is influenced by the digestive system,  like opinions are influenced by the attitudes, and thought patterns, of the individual. They all stink.

Another golden oldie is “Four Jews, Five opinions”. The numbers in the formula change from time to time, but that is the basic concept. There is also “You are entitled to your opinion”. This is usually said when you disagree with what you have just heard.

When the Supreme Court issues a ruling on a case, It is called an Opinion. Sometimes, a justice will write a dissenting opinion. When getting an insurance company to pay for a procedure, you often need to get a second opinion.

Opinions are frequently more valued by the giver than by the receiver. Some opinions are best kept to the owner. You should be wary of someone who feels that his shit does not stink, because he will usually feel the same about his opinions.

Opinions are seldom humble, no matter what the owner of the opinion might say. In fact, the act of holding an opinion is often self aggrandizing, and contrary to humility.

You don’t have to have an opinion about everything. Many things are beyond or control, or do not interest you. Also, you should be wary of those who try to “fire up” your opinions. Often these people do not have the best of motives.

Opinions are seen as a way of asserting ones individuality. Many people have lives of quiet desperation, full of struggle and turmoil. There are many situations where what the individual thinks is simply useless to the powers that be. In times like this, having opinions can restore a sense of self worth to the individual. I am somebody. I have my opinion.

The commentary above is a repost . It goes along with the recent two part episode on the dodgy subject of truth. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These men fought in the War Between the States. Pictures one, two, seven, and eight (from top to bottom) are Confederates. Pictures three through six are Union soldiers.

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  1. Morgan K Freeberg said, on May 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Good round-up. If it is intended to be an exhaustive one, may I submit the following:

    1. An opinion is sensibly formed when it is based on soundly observed fact, and this has much to do with the value of sharing opinions. This can be an educational experience if one party is in possession of certain facts that went into forming that party’s opinions, and the other party has not enjoyed access to these facts.

    2. A decision is sensibly formed when it is based on soundly formed opinions, which, in turn, have been based on soundly observed facts. And here is the value of having an opinion; they don’t exist just so that people can get into fights with each other. If it weren’t for opinions, all decisions would have to be based on sentiment, other emotions, and gut instinct. Such decisions would culminate in beneficial results about as often as decisions based entirely on random chance, which would be half the time or less…in my opinion.

  2. […] the individual. I am somebody. I have my opinion. This does not mean that anyone is listening. This is a repost with pictures from The Library of Congress. U.S.S. Brooklyn, after supper Edward H. Hart was the […]

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