Keep in mind that your opinion is nothing more than a subjective doctrine formed from a collection of ideas and beliefs that you’ve developed through experience and countless interactions over the span of your life.
You’re opinion is not a law, and is not some objective concept able to be placed above the opinions of those who dissent. You have no right to expect others to think like you, and even less of a right to attack others should they differ from your train of thought. Because of its strictly subjective nature, an opinion is not meant to be forced upon others. It can be discussed & debated, it can be agreed with or disagreed with, rejected or accepted, but it should never be forced.
The most important thing to remember about an opinion is that it is neither wrong or right, it just…..is,simply and absolutely is. It is a neutral concept that is presented and subsequently acted on by opposing forces. It matters not how many people agree with your opinion, a majority opinion is still subjective regardless of the numbers behind it. Tyranny of the majority is useless in a free-flowing society, so the next time you claim to be on the “right” side of history, keep in mind that there was a time in Germany when the majority opinion called for the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, cripples, and homosexuals. There was also a time in America when the majority opinion was favorable towards the enslavement of Africans and the genocide of Native Americans. In both instances, the offending parties believed themselves to be on the “right” side of history. So please be careful not to be fooled by something as fleeting as the number of people who support your beliefs because it too will change with time.
Regardless of where you stand on a certain issue, whether it’s religion, gay marriage, war, the economy, abortion, affirmative action, immigration etc…whatever the case may be, know that you are simply one of almost seven billion people on this earth and your opinion is no different, it is just one of many. Keep this in mind next time you attack someone for having the audacity to form an opinion of their own.
But I digress……this is just my opinion.
Rest in Peace.
Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995).