Clarify and Classify

With the advent of the internet, words have become almost as valuable as gold. An entire lifestyle can be formed or an empire can collapse with the correct or incorrect word placement. Context seems irrelevant. Assumptions trite. So much can happen when words are flaunted.

For example, something as simple as a fact can become an hour-long discussion or rambling on the opinions of said fact and everything but said fact is mentioned. As to proved that one fact true or false.

The process I’m describing below will help in a few ways. I hope by the end that you’re able to:

1 Discern between facts and opinions
2 Save yourself a lot of headaches
3 Learn something about other people
4 Learn something about yourself
5 help you answer this question: would you rather be right, or would you rather be alive?

Let’s talk definitions. All of the definitions I list come straight from our favorite search engine, Google

FACT – a thing that is indisputably the case; a piece of information used as evidence or as part of a report or news article; the truth about events as opposed to interpretation.

OPINION – a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge; the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing; an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something; a formal statement of reasons for a judgment given.

TRUTH – that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; a fact or belief that is ACCEPTED as true.

INFORMATION – what is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.

Much too often truth and fact do not walk hand in hand because it’s dependence lies in the minds of the masses instead the entire spectrum of events. For example the sky is blue is not a fact. Why?  It’s an interpretation of perception for the majority.  For millions of people this is not their truth. Color blindness or color perception CAN vary. A fact doesn’t change. This is why we have technology. It’s built on factual information or rather, The truth about a particular arrangement or sequence of things as opposed to an interpretation.  When you build on a strong factual foundation  you can reach places that were otherwise out of reach and you will learn something new that you can use to establish new ground. If you’re not able to do so it’s because you’re trying to use a much more flimsy material called opinions.

The strength of an opinion ONLY depends on who is listening. The power of opinion trumps (Yes I know! scary, right?) Reality and factuality. For example, if I tell a child my opinion, they may treat it as a fact because they do not have the same information that I do ( replace the words with the definition for more clarity). If I tell someone they can be the president and the ONLY president they know is of Russia.  Who do you think they will try to be like? Your opinion is relative to your experiences. If you limit your experiences, you limit your opinion. You limit your opinion, you limit the room for facts to occupy your mind,  you limit your mind you limit your growth and your ability to change.  If you don’t make changes you die.  Example, you and your friend are out on the water stranded at sea. Your friend sees a boat in the distance and suggest you swim to it.  But you would rather wait until one comes in your direction or closer.  Your friend takes off after the boat while you stay and wait. A day later the friend comes back with a rescue crew to find your lifeless body.

would you have rather been right or been alive? 

The power of an opinion. Now here is mine.

Passing down judgement or attempting to determine the value of someone or something, can alter someone’s reality. Be mindful of your opinion and it’s purpose. Stating your opinion as a fact will bring harm upon you at some point in time. Remember you live and die by your words because it’s often the only thing people know of you. Opinions are formed therefore they can change and should. As often as possible. It keeps your brain active. So you don’t become a robot. So you don’t lose touch with the part of yourself that craves knowledge and makes connections. Opinions are your expression of your reality. Do not denied someone else’s reality. That’s called being insensitive. Or better yet a jerk. Like facts, Opinions have points of reference. they come from somewhere. This is key in really getting to know people and how they operate. The process of forming an opinion rarely differs from one concept to the next… For most women it’s an emotional attachment. For most men it’s a physical sensation. This is what makes us human. We feel our way through life.

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