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Life is only what you wonder.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

You're Wrong, But I Love You Anyway

    "Opinions are like assholes: everyone has 'em, and most of 'em stink."
Some people have to be right all the damn time. It is sometimes difficult to even have simple conversation because their opinions aren't just opinions --they're rock-solid facts, dammit!

I am a firm believer that . . .

  1. You are entitled to your own opinion
  2. I am also entitled to my own opinion,
  3. Opinions are seldom "right" or "wrong", they just are, and . . .
  4. You're opinion and mine can be totally opposite, and that's OK!
I could look at a painting by Keith Haring and think it's brilliant. Someone else could look at the same painting and think, "Huh! It's just a stick figure painted in primary colors. I could do that!"
Whose opinion is "right"?
It all depends on who you ask.

And I don't think it matters much whether something is "popular" or not. Because Haring was/is "popular" that makes my opinion more valid? No, that doesn't wash.

There are some things I believe in that I feel are "right".
I am pro-choice, for example. But I am not going to beat you over the head until you believe the same way.

It's OK, to have a different opinion --if everyone were exactly alike, think how boring this world would be-- but that doesn't mean every conversation has to be a big debate. It gets exhausting having to defend your veiwpoint all the time.

The whole idea of friendship is accepting people for who they are, warts and all.
With friends you shouldn't have to choose your words that carefully.