I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Everything is an opinion. This is, obviously, my opinion. You’re probably thinking “Shannon, WHAT ABOUT FACTS!!!” Oh you sillies. These facts are results that you can decide to accept or not.
To shed some light on this, I’ll give you an example. There is still a debate, to this day, whether the world is flat or round. It’s round right? Well why don’t you tell me how you know? You were taught in school? Someone else told you? To me, those don’t really sound like solid answers. What makes you trust the information handed to you every day? I suppose it could be a goal of “normalcy” or to live a simple and unfulfilling life. Not too appealing to me.
I encourage you to really think about what you accept as truth in your life. Why do you accept it? What makes it valid? Don’t let yourself be spoon-fed. You’re a big kid now and can feed yourself. Figure out what you want to incorporate in your life and if you want to reject something, GO FOR IT! It probably isn’t real anyway. I say probably because I don’t know anything for sure.
It’s beautiful to think that nothing is “written in stone.” People say that all the time and don’t truly grasp what it means. I love knowing nothing is stagnant. If it was, I probably would have killed myself by now, no joke. Who would want to exist in a world where everything simply is and could never be anything beyond?
The assignments for my English class are based on essays written by philosophers, linguists, and psychologists who study the development and reasons behind languages around the world. The other day in class, I heard a fellow student say “So, you’re saying everything is an opinion?” Our professor responded negatively and denied such a thing. It was interesting that she hadn’t come to this conclusion. Perhaps she hasn’t really thought about it. I have previously intersected with this idea of everything being an opinion and have since found it to be fool proof. I was pleased that someone around my own age has also come to this realization. It gets people thinking differently and helps them grow.
There is an inspiring man named Robert Anton Wilson. He, unfortunately, left our living world in 2007, but has left us with books and other mediums full of his thoughts. Wilson was a believer of E-Prime, a form of English lacking all “be” verbs (words such as “is”, “are”, “was”, “were” etc.) and preferred the term “maybe logic.” This concept amazed me. To speak in a way that you don’t use any “be” verbs is absolutely mind altering. Your perception changes from it is to it might be. I seem to be tired. You appear very beautiful today. I think it is a fascinating view of things. Now, not everything Robert Anton Wilson had to say will appeal to you. All I’m saying is give him a chance. It really can’t hurt. He’s dead for pete’s sake.
Remember, it’s all an option and it’s all your opinion.