The evolution of opinion is part of the human condition, we grow, mature, acquire a different or better understanding of things and our perspective changes.
Nothing wrong with that and the best example is education, we begin in the first grade learning the basic fundamentals and the more we learn the more capable we become of acquiring additional insights and knowledge, having a better understanding and an evolving opinion.
Life itself is a process of learning and we should be receptive enough to evolve opinions based on experience, facts, and maturing.
There are people though who believe an opinion once expressed is binding, frozen in time, and the evolutionary process of growth, learning more, and revising an opinion doesn’t exist.
If people believe there are huge problems in the world today imagine what it would be like if the ability to evolve an opinion didn’t exist for any who may have previously denied an existing problem.
Think about that in terms of climate change alone – as recently as a decade ago climate change deniers may have outnumbered those attempting to raise awareness, imagine if that were the still the case.
Politicians take to a changed opinion like ducks to water and that’s why they are often rightfully accused of flip flopping as rarely is there any actual substance, it’s about playing to an audience, national polls, or in response to the media.
People shouldn’t be hesitant about changing their opinion if the facts warrant doing so, they shouldn’t worry about what others will think or peer pressure.
Those who are concerned about such ephemerals have in large part given rise to the term sheeple, a perjorative by any definition.
The majority of speech people engage in is predicated on personal experience and opinions they hold- they like this or they don’t like that like – they believe this and don’t believe the other.
Opinions are generally received as just that, opinions, whether they are valid or not, that being the way of it I would think it’s better to express an informed opinion at least in some matters than others and be capable of providing something to back it up.
Which brings me full circle back to the original premise that opinions evolve, that any who would deny the ability have an agenda, and it is that agenda that should be questioned as part of the process of forming an opinion.
Blogs aren’t any different than other means of expression – opinions are presented along with just about anything else under the sun from recipes to poetry- all of which is a good thing because the moment people cease expressing their opinion or are no longer willing to share information we might as well all pack up and go find a cave to live in.
Free speech is more than a “privilege” granted by a document, it is an inherent birthright belonging to every man, woman, and child on the face of this planet ……. use it or lose it.
No requirement exists that we all agree or share the same opinions – the words for that are diversity and independence – we don’t have to agree but should be willing to listen and in doing so arrive at a reasoned opinion.