It’s okay to have an opinion on everything, so long as you don’t voice them

Connor Lyons By Connor Lyons, 9th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Activism

Opinions can be a double edged sword, whether it is in the workplace, or the debates. Voicing your opinion can be a pretty dangerous thing and done poorly it can be even worse. We’re generally taught to keep our opinions to ourselves—this is not always the best thing to do.

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There is a grain of truth in the above sentence, but only really a grain. It’s not that you shouldn’t voice you opinions, it’s that you should check yourself before voicing this opinion. The objective is to study the person and the subject upon which you’re voicing your opinion. Take a religious opinion for example, it’s more than okay to have an opinion on the matter, but should you just go spouting it off to everyone and thing you meet? No, not really. But if your views on the matter have to do with whatever subject is under discussion, then it can and should be voiced.

Voicing your opinion can be a pain in the butt, and the important thing to do before voicing your opinion is to try your best to keep to the facts, and be as mature as you can, or else you’re going to have a full-blown debate on your hands. Keep in mind; this does not count for things like what color to paint the house, your favorite place to get a cheeseburger or something like that, that’s just your opinion on it, and it can’t hurt anybody. But if you’re discussing some of these hot-button topics, you should try to keep some of this in mind

When to voice and how

Sure, you can voice your opinion whenever you want, but you need to understand that not all people want to hear your opinion, generally to their loss. So how do you know when to voice your opinion? Well first try not to voice an opinion on something you don’t actually know the facts to, it’s okay to be ignorant of the facts and I encourage asking questions, but if you don’t know it, don’t voice an opinion on it, because you can bet somebody’s going to rip you apart for doing it. Once your opinion is stated however, it’s important for both whatever you’re talking about and your own personal reputation, that you be ready to defend your opinion. In our world it is important to have everything well thought out; this includes opinions, if you can’t think of any good reasons for why you feel the way you do, or can’t defend your opinion against the talking heads, research it, that way when you’re talking about it, you can defend it, and possibly bring someone to your way of thinking. The how is simply, don't raise your voice or show anger, this just makes people angry too and less likely to listen to your ideas. No matter what the other person says or does, it's important in a discussion to remain cool and collected.

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author avatar drrajeevddn
9th Sep 2013 (#)

I agreed to &Connor Lyons. Nice post.

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author avatar Connor Lyons
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Drrajeevddn!

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