If someone wants to share their opinion with me, but they insist that their opinion is right and mine is wrong, then we have a problem.
Otherwise, opinions are the way we learn about each other and the way we grow.
Sometimes, we over 50 adults, think that because we have lived longer, experienced more, and seen more that our opinions are the right ones. That may or may not be the case. We may be wrong.
Remember when you are discussing a topic with a younger person, to respect their right to their own opinion. If they are not respecting your opinion, try to set the example and encourage them to be more open minded without talking "down" to them. Everyone can learn something new or be wrong.
I found a few thoughts about opinions that I would like to share. Some of these thoughts are insightful, some are comical, and some are just down right good.
Read these thoughts and then in the comments, share what you think of these thoughts on opinions:
"Public opinion is no more than this:
what people think that other people think."
English Poet and Novelist
"There are as many opinions as there are people: each has his own view."
Terence, Roman Comic Playwright,
taken from Phormio - Act 11, scene 4
"Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than
they love the truth."
French Moralist and Essayist
"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."
"The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane."
"Don't let your opinion sway your judgement."
"The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions."
Leonardo Da Vinci
"Opinion has caused more troubles on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes."
"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remember, when you give someone your opinion, it is YOUR opinion, not theirs. They will have their own opinion and you should respect that.
Remember, that if their opinion is different than yours, it's okay. You don't have to agree. It's okay. In fact, it makes for interesting conversation as long as no one takes it serious or personal.
Remember, if you over 50, you know a lot and have experienced a lot, but that doesn't mean you know everything. Respect the opinions of younger individuals even when you don't agree. There is a slight chance you could be wrong and even if your right...you don't want to lose that person.
Have you ever shared an opinion only to be met with rudeness? Have you ever heard a young person's (or older person) opinion on something and you know without a shadow of a doubt they are wrong? How did you handle that? Please share any comments, stories, or experiences you have had when exchanging opinions. It can help the rest of us.