Opinions Aren't Facts

Debates lately rather alarm me. It seems some people are more concerned with being witty and right than remembering they are arguing with another living, breathing being with thoughts and perceptions of their own. 

Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree? People aren't always going to agree and that's okay. Seeing eye to eye on everything isn't necessary. However, arguing and debating in a respectful way is a must. Too often people are throwing insults and hate at one another over the most petty of things. What sort of example does that give to the next generations?

We need to remember common decency and treating others with the respect and dignity one would lavish upon themselves.

We need to remember tact and kindness. There are some opinions and people I don't particularly like or agree with, but I can be decent to a person regardless of their opinions in order to keep the peace.

We have to choose our battles wisely. some issues are important to discuss, but we have to do so in a way that doesn't pit friends and family against one another.

Because at the end of the day love is the only thing that can save us. It is more important to be kind than to have the answer to everything.

Opinions aren't facts. They're emotion based perceptions and people of two differing opinions can both be right or they can both be wrong. It depends on how they approach the subject and conduct themselves accordingly. So many battles are so unnecessary. We just have to learn to communicate properly, leaving drama where it belongs...in the theater.

 

Meadville, VA

Linda M. Crate is writer whose works have appeared in many magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of three published chapbooks, The Magic Series, and the forthcoming Phoenix Tears. You can find her at facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/.