Opinions are no longer a dime a dozen.
Thanks to the amplification of tribal behavior through modern technology, opinions now cost much more than a dime. Hell, we can’t even afford to have them anymore. The social cost is simply too high.
Particularly if our opinions are unpopular and controversial. Anything we say can and will be used against us. Even the very act of expressing my opinion about the inability to express an opinion is probably not an acceptable opinion, in somebody’s eyes.
Reminds me of a memorable scene from my favorite music movie.
You tell me right now, what’s wrong with The Righteous Brothers?
Nothing, I just prefer the other band.
How can it be bullshit to state a preference? When did this record store become a fascist regime?
This moment is perfectly illustrative of modern culture. Our tolerance of, respect for and comfort with other each other’s preferences has vanished.
Now our culture favorite pastime is judging each other’s taste like a math problem. It’s either good or bad, right or wrong, smart or stupid. Because of this, people are shamed and shrunk into silence.
Fearing the repercussions of uttering a single honest opinion, we acquiesce and add our support to the accepted consensus.
Fearing the rejection from the herd and being cast to the bowels of hell, we only feel comfortable voicing a single homogeneous opinion.
Fearing the social backlash and public lambasting, our deeply felt opinions become regrettable gaffes and nothing more.
The old joke was, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, as long as it agrees with mine.
But there’s nothing funny about that anymore. And the saddest part is, our declaration of universal human rights explains that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference.
Guess that only applies when people have the right opinions.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What do you want to create in the world, regardless of public opinion?