A right to an opinion?

In this day and age, you’re arguably overly familiar with the infamous phrase, “I am entitled to my own opinion.”

Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions, thanks to the tremendous sacrifices that were made for us by those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.

But, as of late, I have to say that I’m getting a little tired of constantly seeing and hearing people’s opinions.

We live in a sad societal state. That’s not news to any of us. Terrible things happen every single day, splayed across television screens, laptops, tablets and newspapers as we skim through the news each morning and/or evening. Some of it we absorb, some of it we don’t.

In my opinion, though, one thing is for certain; opinions are becoming too normalized, and as a result, are being warranted for ridiculous, outlandish behaviour.

Having an opinion and acting on an opinion are two entirely opposing prospects. For example, say my opinion of ladybugs is that they’re hellish, useless, and all deserve to die.

I don’t actually feel this way about ladybugs, but it’s what came to mind.

Moving on. If this is my opinion of ladybugs, good for me. I am allowed to have and express my opinion of them to others, and I should also be respectful of other people’s opinions of ladybugs, which may be entirely contrasting of my own.

What I will not do, however, is act on my opinion of ladybugs, and decide that they must all be eradicated by going on a ladybug killing-spree. Because that’s ridiculous, unwarranted, and, quite frankly, irrational.

The trouble is that some people do act on their opinions. Perhaps they are racist, and their opinion is that refugees should not be welcomed into Canada, so they go out of their way to ridicule, discriminate, and bully them.

Perhaps they are sexist, their opinion being that women are inferior to men and don’t deserve the same amount of respect, so they choose to scrutinize and objectify women on a daily basis.

Do you see my point?

Having an opinion is fine. But your opinion may not be something that is deserving of recognition or approval.

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