My opinions, especially in the last few years, have been quite unpopular amongst my Facebook friends and others who decide to chime in and comment on my posts. I’m not private about my opinions. But I am also very open about the fact that I acknowledge they are JUST opinions. I know what I say is not “the rule and the law.” It’s just a statement of what I think. I am not telling anyone else they are wrong or stupid for feeling or thinking differently. I know very well that everyone is different and unique, with very diverse personal history and events that make them feel and think they way they do. That being said, I am going to make it clear that I am just as entitled to my opinions, and to my right of voicing those opinions, as anyone else. I am always open for a good debate. Its normal to get worked up and even sometimes a bit upset. But abuse, namecalling, and getting all pissy is very unnecessary. Personal and cultural diversity is what makes this world go ’round. And just because I am against something you are for, or I am for something you are against, does not mean we can’t be friends. We need to respectfully agree to disagree and perhaps make the consious choice not to engage in those topics that would make us say things we may later regret.
Some of those topics I am referring to are as follows:
- Abortion: I am very against. Not to take rights away from women, but to speak up for those who have no voice. I believe every fetus/baby has a right to live, no matter the circumstances under which it came to be.
- Gender Identity/Transgender: People who truly, as adults, go through with the change are fine (even if they can’t afford the actual treatment and surgery). I understand they have to live as their intended gender for a time before the change. Still all good. But kids (under 18) who may or may not be going through a phase, no matter how permanent it feels to them at the time, should not be given free reign to do whatever they want. There are rules and lines for a reason. Period. I say a lot of it is attention seeking and self-expression. Just like all the other stages of adolescence.
- Politics: QUIT ruining the planet, help the poor become self-sufficient, affordable education and healthcare for all, the right to clean drinking water, don’t be a douchebag. Besides that, I absolutely hate politics and avoid it all as much as possible. In my opinion its all a bunch of bullshit and lies anyway.
- Religion: I’m more of an athiest these days. Spiritual, but not necessarily following any set faith or deity. I lean more toward a scientific way of thinking. And I’m finding peace with that. And I believe you don’t need religion to be moral or good.
I honestly don’t care what my friends and family’s stances are on these topics. Either they agree with me or they don’t. But I certainly don’t need anyone’s validation for my opinions. And I won’t be unfriending people online or disowning people just because they differ from me. In all honesty I like hearing other opinions. It keeps life interesting. So simmer down folks. They’re just opinions. 😉