Something that has actual existence: an actual occurrence Merriam-Webster.com
- The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 fact
- It was Super Bowl LIV fact
- The game was played in Miami fact
- Patrick Mahomes was the MVP fact
- The halftime show was performed by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira fact
Now until there’s some sort of sign stealing fiasco, or whatever, these five things will never change. 200 years from now, these things will still be factually correct. They have existence. They actually occurred.
We learned yesterday what an opinion is, or how it is defined.
See the difference?
My blog, the overwhelming majority of the time, is my opinion. I may use anecdotes, stories that I see or hear, but at the end of the day, I write them so you either know my opinion, or I’ve done the best possible job I can of exploring both sides.
Everyone is allowed to have an opinion.
The thing I like most about blogging (versus a static article) is the ability to throw out ideas and discuss. Opinions are not wrong: they are the belief of the person stating them. You don’t have to agree with an opinion: but you need to respect it.
Of course you can argue with someone about their opinion. Hello? Have you met me? I live to debate topics back and forth. I will often make a provocative statement just to see what the opposite side is.
The only way to truly learn, to truly grasp something is to look at all 8 million sides of an issue. What is the opposite opinion? What is the opinion 40 degrees off? What does someone in a different part of the country think? Different part of the world? Everyone views things differently based on their life experiences. We can’t tell someone their opinion is wrong because we haven’t lived their life.
Which is why we need to be real careful about making sure we know the difference between fact and opinion.
We need to really look at how we phrase an opinion.
When people speak/write they automatically assume they are right. I am totally guilty of this- I really think I’m correct most of the time. But just because I am like this doesn’t mean I should be like this: I am clearly not right about things the vast majority of the time. I’m more the broken clock that is right twice in a day…
When we speak, we must be cognizant that what we are saying the vast majority of the time are OPINIONS. We don’t usually venture into casual conversations armed with facts. And just because we utter some words, say things that we feel strongly about, it doesn’t mean they are facts. It doesn’t mean that everyone needs to share that one singular opinion…
We don’t want to be wrong, so we assume that what we say is right. Therefore, if we are right, then it must be a fact.
We assume that our opinions are fact.
This is a dangerous game, to make blanket statements about anything and think that there is no other option.
So when you are talking, or blogging, or whatever, remember that you are sharing your opinion. And other people are allowed to think differently. And that is all OK.