Opinions Aren’t Equal
We’ve been told that “everyone’s opinion is equal” and that is the biggest pile of bullshit I’ve ever heard…now let me tell you why.
I’m a writer- because I write.
I’ve loved writing stuff since middle school and I’ve continued to do it…and love it. I actually loved when the teacher would give us an essay to do…weirdo…I know.
I’m not saying I’m a “good” writer or a professional writer (worst.grammar.ever!)…just that I write. I’m a firm believer of doing what you enjoy and love doing- regardless if you are good at it or not. I also consider myself a gamer but my kill/death ratio on Call of Duty would disagree with that….in the words of many 9 year olds who have “pwned” me…I should probably go kill myself…kids are rude these days.
(way too many … so far…)
I tell you that, in order to tell you this- I’m not a normal “Facebook friend”…I see most of you just posting pictures of your kids or memes and very few people post big, long-ass things on Facebook because our attention span is down to about 13 seconds and, for many people today, reading is just too hard.
I’m not your normal writer. I had a professor at EKU tell me “you have to write for your audience….who do you want to read this?”
That’s probably why I’ve only been published a few times (shameless “I’ve been published” line there). I don’t really care who reads it, I’m writing to get shit out of my head…not so much “into” other people’s head.
All of this has led me to the actual point I wanted to write about- a huge pet peeve that I have- your opinion doesn’t matter if you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.
This works really well with writing- you will never see me write about hockey because I know nothing about hockey and my opinion on hockey, hockey teams or hockey strategy should mean NOTHING to ANYONE.
Sure- I could research and learn about hockey and write a fact filled essay or something but I shouldn’t put any opinion into it because I don’t know enough (even with a little research) to have an opinion.
I write about 4 things mostly-
1. Weight Loss– I know weight loss, I’ve researched it and been struggling with it my entire life. I’ve had success and failures….SO many failures. I know the struggle in weight loss and I know my journey more than anyone else.
2. Politics – I “LIVE” politics, which isn’t a good thing and can really put me in a depressed mood but I still love it…I listen to news all day. I listen to news in the shower, on the drive to work, all day at work, on the drive home, while I’m eating my snack, while I exercise, while I sort trading cards, while I color/draw. I know what is going on in the world, better than 99% of the world around me.
3. Religion – I went to church my entire childhood, while my mother did not. I chose to go and to learn so I rode the church bus. I started preaching at the age of 15 years old. I took my Bible to school and had Bible study with the football team and read it during lunch. I actually READ the Bible and studied it…but not just the Bible but other holy books. Then I read books on religion from other points of view, took several “World Religion” classes in college. I’ve read both sides of the debate- as well as books on science and the universe. I’ve BEEN in the debate for over 25 years. As an atheist, I know Christianity better than any Christian I’ve ever met and can quote all the scriptures that your preacher failed to preach about…and you failed to read.
4. OTHER – this is a weird category because I know about a lot of stuff that all fits into sort of a “pop culture” type of situation. I’ve played video games since 1985 and I know a lot about them…but there’s a lot I don’t know about. I know a lot about trading cards- collected since 1987 and run an international charity that donates trading cards- I know a lot about Pokemon but not everything. There are a lot of things I know “some” about…so I write about the parts I know.
Here is a perfect example- if you wanted to know about the Harry Potter series- would you want that information from a fan of Harry Potter- someone who has read every book and seen every movie OR would you want that information from someone who’s only seen Harry Potter merchandise in stores and doesn’t really know anything about it…but is sort of aware that it’s about a wizard or something?
Those two people’s opinions of Harry Potter are NOT equal and we shouldn’t pretend that they are.
It’s very easy for me to determine whose opinion matters to me on specific subjects and it’s simply based on knowledge- if you start telling me you’re a Christian and I start quoting things to you and you can’t tell me if it’s from the Bible or the Quran – then I’m done listening to you.
If you tell me you support Trump and that he’s not a criminal but you have no clue who Joseph Maguire is then we are done talking.
If you tell me that the elf looking character, all dressed in green is actually named Zelda then I just feel bad for you.
If you try to sell me a 1987 Topps Barry Bonds Rookie for $200…then I just laugh at you.
We’ve allowed ignorant people to feel like their opinion is equal to those who are educated on a specific subject and that has gotten us into this mess.
When we have things- like elections- we shouldn’t allow people to just “vote for a candidate” because they vote based on ONE news source and without actually understanding what they are voting on. Yes- everyone has a right to vote, so vote on issues. Make it a little quiz and whichever candidate their answers match up with is who their votes goes to. People are literally too uneducated in today’s world to be able to give their opinion on really important subjects that they are clueless about.
Now, I know there may be one person who reads to this point and I fully understand that. Most of you aren’t going to read all of this because society just isn’t set up that way anymore…
…so why write it?
I’m a writer- I enjoy writing.
Love, Peace and Sharkyness