Do you think your opinion matters to me?
Do you think it’s at all valid?
Well, you shouldn’t, because your opinion is dead wrong.
For at least six reasons.
Let me enlighten you.
(I’m doing you a huge favor.)
1. Because I say so
If I say your opinion is wrong, then it’s exactly as I say — wrong.
[Well, only in my opinion that is. Everyone else is entitled to their own opinion about the "rightness" or "wrongness" of your opinion.]
2. Because correct opinions exist & I can discern them
All opinions need to be adequately substantiated by the correct facts.
I am the authority on what constitutes a correct fact [because I say so] and thus what constitutes a logical and thus correct opinion.
[Also never mind that an opinion, which is supposedly the opposite of a "fact," by definition cannot be accurate or inaccurate. But simply just is.]
I’ll repeat myself: If say that you’re wrong, since I’m supported by the facts — then I’m right andyou’re wrong. End of story. (Unless you seek the path of enlightenment.)
But technically, you’re still wrong even I don’t say it, or otherwise point it out to you. That’s how wrong you are.
3. Because I have the facts to prove it
Furthermore, my opinions are always adequately powered by correct facts.
[Yes, I know, "correct" facts can't technically exist in any 100% objective form, as even scientific observation is filtered through human bias, but just bear with me. You know what I mean when I say "correct fact." I'm talking about what the consensus on a correct fact is. By the way, I have no idea exactly who determines the consensus, and if it's usually the majority, or the minority (as it was with Copernicus) that's right. All I know is that my opinion is heavily weighted in that consensus. In fact, I'd dare say that in some cases the consensus is my wisdom taken verbatim].
I cannot be wrong. That is not opinion. That is (correct) fact.
[And isn't it interesting that I have to qualify "fact" with "correct"? I guess that reveals what we humans really, deep down, think about facts. If there can be correct and incorrect ones, then calling something a fact doesn't really make it one...? Never mind, enough with digressions. I can't afford to keep sharing my inner thoughts, most likely submerged from my conscious awareness, lest you start to pay more attention to that than to what I explicitly say. Besides, we're getting to the meaty reasons.]
4. Because I’m $!%@&! pissed off by how wrong you are
Through #1-3, I’ve established that I’m right.
It naturally follows that my bullshit detector goes off whenever I encounter someone who’s wrong (namely, you).
Obviously, my bullshit detector is indestructible. And it’s due for a Guinness World Record any time now.
So one of the — I should say — many reasons I’m so convinced that I’m right — in addition to the obvious fact that I definitely am right — is that you really tick me off.
That you could have such a baseless opinion is beyond me. [Never mind that everyone, no matter how stupid I think they are, has some reason for their opinions. And that it's my kind of reasoning that world leaders use when invading and otherwise violating other nations.]
How could you be so stupid and plain wrong?
Okay, I’ll admit it’s not the end of the world. Because if you pay attention, you’ll learn from me. I might even help you. Or save you from your own stupidity. (You should thank me now.)
5. Because I feel so compelled to correct you
Following the logic of #4, if I feel compelled to correct you, then it’s because the universe desperately depends on me to correct you. I, of course, don’t believe in cosmic fate, but I do know how to answer The Call.
Anytime I feel so compelled to correct anyone, it’s because they genuinely, absolutely, right-in-that-exact-moment, need to be corrected. It’s not because, as most ingrates would contest, that there’s something “narcissistic” or “compulsive” about me. Just because my shrink has told me so, doesn’t make it so.
[By the way, it doesn't matter that by spending inordinate amounts of time trying to correct you, I neglecting other "important" areas of my life, especially those opportunities wherein I might be able to help others in "real" need — those who actually want my help, appreciate my opinion, trust my logic, and will apply my advice directly to their life. Nope, that doesn't matter. Why? Because it's a known fact that correcting you is more important. Don't even try to argue with me on this one. You'll lose before you even start. I'm especially right when it comes to how best to allocate the intangible resource of time — I know the absolute best and most productive way to spend my time and I always do it. That is, after all, why I'd gladly spend (read: waste) my time arguing with you.]
6. Because your wrongness actually hurts me [I'm afraid of you and/or what you represent]
Finally, in line with #4 and #5, I feel hurt by how wrong you are. That means something — no, everything.
My emotions don’t lie.
It’s amazing, isn’t it? You’re so horribly wrong that I’m in physical, emotional, and mental pain because of you. And again, the opinion of a shrink or any other woo-woo psychoanalyzing person is worth $0.00 to be exact.
[Never mind that I'm really upset with you because of some other unresolved issue from my own past. Or that I'm perceiving you as some threat to my existence or way of life, or some virus that will infect other helpless minds who have no recourse but to assume and accept all you say as being fact — when you don't explicitly have a disclaimer that what you spout is mere opinion. You are an evil in this world. You're making this world a worse off place. And I'm going to make you pay, not only for your injustice, but for injuring me with your ignorance. Because we all know that telling you how you're wrong sure as heck is going to convince me that you're wrong.]
No one can argue against your opinions, or your feelings, beliefs, intuitions, or convictions. They just are, plain and simple.
Okay, well people can try to argue against your opinions, or your feelings, beliefs, intuitions, or convictions.
But that doesn’t mean that:
- They’ve convinced you that they’re right
- They’ve convinced you that you’re wrong
- You even value or care to listen to their opinions about your opinions
- It’s worth your time to argue back
If I say I’m the King of All That is Right & Logical & Valid — that doesn’t make me a king.
Even if anyone can claim that your opinion is “wrong” — it doesn’t make your opinion wrong.
Technically, opinions can’t be right or wrong; otherwise they wouldn’t be opinions.
That any opinion is “wrong” — is an opinion in itself.
Of course, that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?
Inspired by comments received for last week’s article, this is the 5th article in the series: “Juicing Negative Blog Comments,” which explores constructive themes emerging from seemingly “negative” comments left here.
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