Opinions are important, having them is a part of what makes you unique. If we all shared the same view then the World would be painfully dull. But there’s an important rule when you express your opinion and that rule is very simple. Don’t be an arse about it. I’d say that’s a pretty easy rule to follow right?
Alas, people seem to forget that their opinion is not law, just because they have an opinion doesn’t mean they’re right and that goes for everybody. When expressing an opinion, it’s important to know when the line has been reached and when it’s been crossed.
I always find that when I’m having a debate, it’s easy to get carried away, but it’s important to stay grounded. Having debates can be eye opening and a good way to get your point of view across, but they can also go horribly wrong if you do get in a little deep.
Being a Christian, I used to get into debates all the time, but funnily enough I was never the one that started them. I didn’t mind debating, but they often turned sour as the other people involved would change from expressing their opinion, to just outright saying “You’re wrong to believe in this.” These people did not follow the Golden Rule of expressing opinions.
Now, I find that being open minded and well grounded is much easier (and safer) than entering debates with people. I will of course express my opinion, but I won’t take it any further than that, there isn’t any need to.
It’s important to open your mind and to not judge people on their opinions; they are entitled to them after all. If you find yourself in a situation where you think an argument may break out, just stay quiet, you’ve expressed your opinion, what more do you need to do?
Express your opinions, remember the golden rule and if things get ugly, remember that it is perfectly acceptable to just walk away. Being peaceful and happy with the people in your life is far more important than getting upset over a little debate. Don’t you think?
But then, that’s just my opinion *wink wink*