Arguing for our opinions

Arguing for our opinions

The problem with the statement “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that it's used to protect beliefs that should've been given up. It is a damaging element of public discourse for someone to say and think what they like, but you are somehow disrespectful if you continue to argue.

Ultimately, we are only entitled to what we can argue for.

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If 'entitled to have your opinion' means everyone has the right to say what they want, the statement is true, but not necessarily important.

If 'entitled to have your opinion' means your statements are serious candidates for truth, then it's false. And this too is a distinction that tends to get blurred.

There is a difference between opinion or common belief and specific knowledge.

Opinion has a level of subjectivity and uncertainty. It varies according to someone's tastes or preferences. (You like chocolate more than ice-cream.) It is pointless to argue about this kind of opinion. 

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Motivating People to Reconsider Their Opinions

When you're having a conversation with someone who is closed-minded, keep in mind that you should not push further for them to understand your point of view and attack them for being wrong.

As long as we keep refuting their point of view it will only make them see it as an attack and prepare more alternatives for rebuttal.

Opinion | The Science of Reasoning With Unreasonable People

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Too much noise, too little attention

Nobody wants to read anything you write at work. It's not personal though. We just happen to live in a world where there is so much information asking for our attention.

We can take action and make it easy for our colleagues to read our emails, messages, texts, and memos.

Your Colleagues Don't Read Anything You Write. Here Are 8 Ways to Change That.

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Greek orator-Demosthenes

“The easiest thing of all is to deceive oneself; for we believe whatever we want to believe.” 

The Age of the Ultracrepidarian

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