This isn’t an attempt to get political. Recently, somebody sounded upset when met with resistance about making a comment about the president and how good this person thought he was. When somebody threw her a look of disbelief and when faced with the question about why he’s so good, her answer was “He seemed nice and cool.” Opinions are great. Support makes them better.
It reminded me of that time an (unnamed) celebrity had an interview in a documentary. The celebrity mindlessly said something to the effect of, “Ummm, I just think we should support him because, um, he’s our president. And we should, like, um, just support him.”
That’s fine and dandy. But we weren’t born in this country to just follow mindlessly. Sure, there is a way to communicate our doubt and opinion, but there is no substance to mindless rambling. To just follow blindly is what leads to the downfall of people.
Opinions are outstanding.
Different points of view are outstanding. The trouble comes when we say way too much before we’ve decided to think at all. We throw something out, draw a reaction (and a reasonable one) from somebody and we get offended that they disagree with our mindless rubbish.
Perhaps they even ask why and give you the chance to explain. Now, the spotlight is on! Use this time wisely. A well-articulated response will earn you a lot of respect. Saying “He’s a cool guy,” isn’t going to earn many kudos around an intellectual group. “He was able to lower taxes 5% while lowering the deficit,” is a good response. “She saved the lives of many people,” is a good response. “He enhanced international relationships,” is an effective response. “Cool guy.” Not so much.
Opinions are the right of each person. Even a bad justification is a right for every person. Please, though, don’t act surprised when people throw a weird look in return for a lackluster response.