We all have opinions. It’s like some social contract or evolutionary entitlement. We can’t all be right all of the time, and even facts are not so easy to identify (http://www.politifact.com/). But opinions are everywhere, and you can’t always tell them apart from fact. In the US legal system, lawyers will call you out on whether your statement can be backed up, and your opinion may not be of any value. But in the rest of the world, especially in the media, opinions matter. Some “news” programs are based solely on opinion. And everywhere on the internet people are shouting their opinions so loudly that you can’t ignore them.
I, too, have opinions, and one such opinion is that anyone who says “in my humble opinion” (IMHO) is lying. Who in the world has any degree of humility when expressing their opinion?! How can it be a humble statement when it comes from a place of self-service and usually conceit? I express my opinions with glaring audacity and gall. If my thoughts were humble, I wouldn’t be able to voice them. Now you might be asking, “can’t you have varying degrees of humility?” Sure. But not where the threshold is so easily breached so that even at the point where humility and egoism collide, there is no holding back that opinion. In my humble declaration of truth? Is that a thing, too?
No. Opinions are bold. They should be. Like this one. Should we say what we mean only some of the time? I find it refreshing these days when someone speaks their mind. I suppose it’s a sign that I’m getting older, because I’m just so tired of the crap I hear from people, and I’m tired of the rest of us buying into it. The media will tell you that you are not safe. Then they will go to an ad selling home security systems or “personal” protection, as if they’re not totally in bed together. It’s a perfect match, actually. The tobacco industry would be well served to invest in anxiety-inducing subliminal ads. My point is there is very little truth out there. I mean, there are facts in books and charts and so on. But I’m talking about truth. Like the truth that life is short, and we don’t have time for meaningless crap. Or the truth that greed and jealousy are ingrained into the human psyche, and we are a million years of evolution away from overcoming them.
Truth is actually kind of relative. Some of us only see the truth we want to see. Like that our food is safe or that cops are here to protect and serve. Most of our food is safe and won’t kill you, and some cops are psychopaths. Interestingly, the top three professions among psychopaths are CEO’s, lawyers, and those in the media, according to Time.com (it should be noted this is an opinion piece). But the fact is that that studies have shown about 1% of the population can be considered psychopaths. That’s not a truth. It’s not even a fact. That’s something different. It’s a statistic. And I’ll write later about those wild creatures.
Next time I offer my opinion, which will be at least the next time I post in this blog, I will be sure to express myself in bold terms, not holding back. You see, if you give me your opinion, I expect that you feel that you are right. Humility has no place in this. Express yourself or do not. There is no try.
That’s my 2 cents. I bet that saying comes from the idea that everyone’s got an opinion, and no one asked, so there’s a huge imbalance between supply and demand. Well, shouldn’t we expect more? I mean, why say anything if it’s not going to matter? No. Make yourself heard.