You are, in fact, entitled to your worthless opinion

Well then. Is every opinion equally valuable?

People will sometimes express an opinion, and when it’s not positively received they defend themselves by saying “everyone is entitled to their own opinion”. This might true, but it’s also irrelevant. Being entitled to your own opinion doesn’t mean that your opinion is a good, informed or valuable one. It doesn’t mean no one can criticise it. All it means is that you are indeed entitled to have it. Nothing more.

I mean, generally this isn’t a problem. Like, personal preferences, chocolate or crisps, tumblr or twitter, summer or winter? I don’t think any opinion overrides any other there (except the right choices are obviously chocolate, tumblr and summer).

But when Germany introduces a third legal gender, and Swedish radio decides to have a debate on it, and the people invited are 1) an equality and masculinity expert, and 2) a christian magazine editor with opinions, I feel that “everyone is entitled to their own opinion” has sort of come to mean “every opinion is equally valuable and worthy of our time”. And that is simply not the case. One person here clearly has more of an idea what’s going on than the other does. One opinion simply is relevant, well-informed and thought through, while the other simply isn’t.

So while there might not be such a thing as right or wrong, there is such a thing as based on facts or completely taken out of the air, and there is such a thing as relevant or irrelevant. Not everyone’s opinion is equally valuable.

And, really now, there sort of is such a thing as right or wrong, don’t you think?

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One thought on “You are, in fact, entitled to your worthless opinion

  1. Pingback: Objectivity, or Being Right | the perks of being twinflower

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