We live in a culture that says “all opinions” are equally valid. That if, you can formulate sound, then your opinions should be placed right along side those who have spent a lifetime researching and communicating a topic. But, there is nothing farther from the Truth and nothing has been more detrimental to our society.
News flash: All opinions are not equal! Some opinions are more researched, more vetted, based on more facts and history than others.
Who among us after getting a diagnosis from a cardiologist would stand straight up and say, “I hear what you’re saying doc, but in my opinion…”? Although, I may have some opinions about my health, I would, 9.5 times out of 10, defer to the many years of experience and research of my cardiologist than my 30 minutes of Googling on heart valves.
Yet, we have many in our culture, who immediately became subject matter experts on all things politics and economics the day after Obama won his first Presidential election. It is oftentimes amazing (and slightly amusing), to see them with psuedo confidence stand on their tippy toes trying to make sense out of insensible logic.
Now, with all that said, it is not to say that one who has spent less than a modicum of time reflecting upon the depths of the $18 trillion national debt or have gone beyond stage one thinking on the real cost of free healthcare, cannot stand tall and share his or her opinions on the many ways we can tackle it. Sharing our opinions on the kind of world we want to live in is one of the many virtues that makes America great and distinct from all other nations.
But, we must learn the delicate and humbling art of deferring to the wisdom of others who have sacrificed a thing or two to get informed on a topic. We must, once more, respect logic. We must, once more, esteem wisdom over the defunct and empty logic of the masses that come to the table with a bunch of “I think, I feel, in my opinion…” with nothing more than personal experiences and catch phrases.
Remember people, common sense is not out of style. Let us be determined to wear it daily.