The Power of Opinion

Just having something to say doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to say. One of the main problems of today’s society is that every moron around the corner with basic knowledge on how to use language holds an opinion on something. What is even more troubling is that the more ignorant someone is, the more he has to say. There’s bullshit flying everywhere and people believe in it without question, especially if the person saying it is recognized as a form of authority. Ignorant bloggers preach their nonsense, politicians and journalists shape society’s opinions…

Our daily lives are dictated by things we don’t usually put to question. The media. Everyone says they don’t believe the media and yet they still fall for the same old things every time. The government doesn’t need you to believe what you are hearing, they just want you to feel a certain way about someone, a country, an event. But what I’d like to stress is something else people don’t question. God. Not only is the Bible – or some other holy book – their authority but the pope and pastors too.

This type of authority is a lot more powerful than the media in every way possible. None of the people going to church would claim, ‘I don’t believe a word the pastor says.’ Pastors have full control over people’s beliefs and political views. They can make others like or hate a country mid sentence or make their followers jump off cliffs because those he preaches to would never think that the he could tell a lie. In fact, the pastor himself thinks he cannot lie.

The most dangerous liars are those who don’t know that they are lying.

What does any of this have to do with opinion? Everything. Opinions, judgements and so on are formed by our own view on things, the way we think about something. Do you see where I am going with this? Of course you do. When someone with authority interferes, you no longer have an opinion, you think you do but, ultimately, you simply accept that of the pastor. You adopt someone else’s viewpoint without filtering it or developing it yourself. This can prove to be an extremely potent weapon that can be used not just by politicians, but by delusional men who wish to bring change in their favor.

For us, skeptics, this is unacceptable. We are used to forming our own opinions and we refuse to let someone else tell us what’s good or what’s bad. Having an opinion is a powerful tool. And if it’s shared among the masses, like in the case with believers, it could bring great change. The problem we face is that skeptics don’t follow a dogma. We have no ultimate truth that unites us and makes us go to a place every sunday to sing about how good it feels to be brainwashed. We’re all different and this simple truth on its own is enough to show that we are divided. While the believers are like the Borg from Star Trek, we, skeptics, are all individuals and we rarely come together. We think separately and most of us fight our battles by ourselves.

In this sense it is very dangerous to have an opinion that differs from that of the mass, especially if the mass consists of idiots. Great men were executed for telling the truth. The truth is not something that everyone can handle. And if this mad wave of ignorance continues throughout the years ahead, we’re going to have a really hard time progressing as a society. What we could do is speak up. If you believe you have something valuable to say, say it. If you see that there is something wrong with the world, stand up, raise your voice and let others know, so that we could all correct for our mistakes together as humans… not slaves of gods.

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