Recently, I had a conversation about the abundance of opinions. In our past, you had to send your handwritten or typed opinion in a sufficiently stamped envelope to a newspaper that might not even publish it. Since about 20 years, everyone can publish an opinion (eg, Facebook-2004, Twitter-2006).
Hence, my question: Is it a pity that we have so many opinions??
The simple answer is NO. The more opinions, the less relevance.
A more complex answer is yes, perhaps. Once (all) opinions are considered irrelevant then relevant opinions (eg, expert or professional opinions) are also deemed irrelevant. Unfortunately, expert opinions are not always unbiased – to put it mildly. Too often, expert opinions include ideology.
As a result, we seem to be heading towards a society full of subjective truths (ie, opinions), few objective truths (ie, facts), let alone absolute truths. Latter category may not even exist, according to Karl Popper (1902-1994), “[o]ne of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers of science“.
What could go wrong in such a society?? I suppose that we would:
- lose empathy for what others have to say;
- stop listening to each other;
- use vocal – or actual – force to amplify our own opinion(s);
- compete rather than cooperate with each other.
Actually, most of the above seems already – partly or fully – covered in today’s society.
In 2020, I published my blog Needs, Wants & Beliefs in reverse.
The once largely dormant labour shortages have become increasingly visible since the “ending” of the Covid-19 pandemic. It may take months for booking a certain (eg, technical) appointment rather than days or weeks. Soonish, there will be a need for artificial intelligent robotics (eg, education).
“Well, opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.” Harry Callahan, 1988A quote from The Deadpool (1988), starring Clint Eastwood (b.1930) as “Dirty” Harry Callahan
This may come, this may come as some surprise
But I miss you
I could see through all of your lies
But still I miss you
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.