If you have an opinion, someone is so totally going to disagree with you. IT’S LIFE. It’s kind of awesome, in a way, because it means humans aren’t robotic melons. We have brains. We occasionally use them to come to opinions. These opinions can be tiny (like are you a feminist) or huge (is cake okay for breakfast).
OPINIONS ARE GOOD.
As you might’ve noticed, I’m a book blogger (not actually a foodie blogger, I know this is confusing, my pineapple friends) and I constantly blog about my opinion on books. People disagree with me. We chat. We have discussions. Sometimes I learn things! Sometimes I realise I said something uneducated in my review and I totally am glad someone disagreed so I could rethink how I worded things.
Reasons Disagreement On Books (Or Really Any Topic) Can Be Good:
- Lets you do the samba in someone else’s shoes.
- Points out something you maybe missed.
- Encourages you to really THINK about your opinion and why you believe what you do.
- It makes conversation! THAT IS GOOD, RIGHT?
- Helps you to know whose cake to poison.
OKAY OKAY! I’M JOKING ABOUT THE LAST ONE. I totally am. I just…I couldn’t resist.
Disagreeing (politely) and voicing different opinions and entering debates are all totally acceptable things to do. THEY ARE. But here comes my delicious question of the day…
DO YOU (PERSONALLY) ACTUALLY LIKE TO DEFEND YOUR OPINION? AND DO YOU EVER THINK DISAGREEMENT IS POINTLESS?
What I mean by “pointless” is: will your viewpoint change anyone’s mind? And, if not, then is it worth the time to disagree??
We can be stubborn little vegemites online — I know! And some of us are more prone to never ever eeeever changing our minds. While others are more like “Oh! I never thought about it that way before, that is awesome!” I, um, ahem…I probably more belong into the first stubborn little vegemite category.
But, I also want to slip in here that: sometimes I get tired of defending my opinion. I’m not an uber controversial person, so having a WILD disagreement isn’t common for me. (Thank goodness.) But. Sometimes I’ll write a goodreads review and receive a horde of disagreements and — I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE DEFENDING MYSELF. So I don’t. I just let it go. I believe that’s okay too. And side note: don’t ever act like someone didn’t think their opinion through. Sure, maybe they didn’t. But probably they did.
I don’t always bother defending my opinion online. But I do try to see from other viewpoints! Although — to be strictly honest — I rarely change my opinion. But I’m TOTALLY cool with people disagreeing with me. Just so long as they’re a) polite, and b) don’t expect the conversation to end with me a convert. It’s kind of cool to see WHY we disagree on things! I definitely think (polite) disagreement can provoke healthy and interesting discussion. The world would be a boring place if we all thought alike, right?
But, like 99% of all my discussion topics: THIS IS SO SUBJECTIVE. I think it depends on how stubborn we are and if we like healthy debates. SO. You know what this means right? TIME FOR YOUR OPINIONS.