Do you have a right to voice your opinion?

The definition of Opinion – A view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

The meaning of opinion, as stated above, is the view of either yourself or others. An opinion is not necessarily based on fact but rather based on an individuals experience or feelings.

2020 has seen more opinions than ever. Whether you are for or against a vaccine, whether you are a Boris or Trump supporter, whether you are for or against Brexit. It is all based on YOUR opinion, YOUR lifestyle/circumstances and YOUR past or present experiences.

There are two very popular sayings

‘Other peoples opinions are none of your business’, and, ‘Keep your opinions to yourself’

My question to you is do you have a right to voice them?

Opinions are important, and in some ways, important for our mental health, if done in the correct manner.

For example;

Woman A – A lady who has quite clearly stated that she and her family will not have the latest vaccine. She genuinely feels that there is not enough research and whilst she believes there is a virus, she does not believe the vaccine is necessary.

Woman B –  A lady who is pro vaccine. She is adamant that the vaccine will save hers and the world’s lives. She strongly believes that if she does not have the vaccine, she is at risk.

You would have read each of the above examples, and already based your opinion on one of these ladies, without either knowing them personally, nor knowing their reasons behind their decisions.

Some of you may have decided to judge them and voice YOUR opinion on THEIR decision.  Now I believe that EVERYONE is entitled to an opinion, the same as everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. But I also believe that other peoples opinions should be respected.

When you judge or argue the opinion of others, it is ALWAYS based on your own fears. So before you respond. Start by asking yourself:

  • Is this kind
  • Is this necessary
  • And most importantly. What AM I AFRAID OF!
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