We humans are oh so opinionated. Where ever we go, what ever we do, we always seem to have an opinion about everything.
Take me, for instance. I wouldn’t be writing anything here unless I have an opinion about — well, opinions.
Where ever there’s a group, there’s sure to be opinions. Mixed, certain, unsure, for, against — they come in different labels. But the end thing is same — variety.
Not many people have the same opinions. Yes, we agree with others, but we always seem to have something more to add. Something more valuable, we presume.
Businesses, corporates thrive on varying opinions. Everyone sit together and discuss their opinions — they call it brainstorming. This happens for hours, before they all, almost always, agree with what the boss says.
Now, that’s not the matter. That shit happens every where.
What happens when you don’t have an opinion of something?
That’s me. Yes, it is.
I participate in a meeting, but I seldom contribute. People perceive me as shy and backward. But really, I shut up when I don’t have anything to say.
And that’s not wrong, it’s just a choice.
“But no,” they say, “how can you not have an opinion?”
Honestly, what would a common man know of NASA’s latest research methods? How can one blindly agree (or disagree) that NASA’s funding is too much? (I’m saying that only because I recently read Dan Brown’s ‘Deception Point’)
I can’t criticize the way they make rocket ships or sea ships. I simply don’t know.
How can I possibly justify saying for or against something I don’t understand? I can’t. So, I don’t.
But no, people do want opinions. If I don’t have an opinion, then I’m a fool. (Mind you, there are also loads of highly opinionated fools out there.)
But I think accepting my ignorance of a particular concept is also an opinion. My opinion is that I don’t know enough of the matter, or that person, or that incident to discuss further.
There! I said it. It’s ok to not know. It’s ok to not be curious. It’s ok to be unaware. It’s ok to not have an opinion.
Not having an opinion is stating boldly that I don’t know and that I don’t care.
In case you’ve missed my point: we don’t have to be opinionated about every other thing.
It’s all just my opinion anyway, feel free to disagree.