CWH: Why do our opinions matter?



Closely aligned to the video previously which was the nature of humans, we take a dive into what an opinion is (or at least our perspective of such)


What even is an opinion, or a perspective on something, and why do we sometimes get so frustrated if someone doesn't see or agree with our opinion? Do we think everybody will see things the way we do? When you bring all the variables (age, lifestyle, education, parents, timeline etc) into the mix, what is to say we'd think or be any different in our opinion or perspective if we were in their shoes?

I'm just thinking here, but sometimes opinion is fact, or supposed fact. It all depends on the matter at hand. For example, some may say that eating meat is bad for you and the planet, for others it's moderation, and others it's neither here nor there, but within that opinion is where division can ensue. The consequences of our actions are given to us, and it is left to us, the individual, to manage and come to our conclusions (for this specific example).


Some stuff is less blurry, less divisive, like watching what you eat has a direct correlation to managing your weight/well-being. The facts are eating healthily has an impact on your physical and mental health. Nobody would really argue or get to locker heads about that until you perhaps get to a meta level like meat consumption or plant consumption.


So what makes an opinion a fact? Enough backing? Clarity on the consequences? Clarity on the situation? How does that work with Covid and the division it is provoking? What do our opinions mean in this scenario? Can we expect everybody to have the same opinion with the multitude of perspectives available considering everything that has transpired in the individuals life and what they've been exposed to?


The emotionality becomes a part of it, the belief in our own opinion. Where does that come from, what is the driving force? For me, with Covid, the art of debate/conversation has been stifled and censored. I could elaborate way, way more (short-book incoming!) but how I feel is that one opinion has a rather large backing in that it is of life and death to agree, whilst asking questions automatically makes you a villain.


The video conversation unpacks some of the questions above, some of mine and @chris ogle's "opinion" (haha) on the landscape and narrative that is going on right now. The impact that we think that might have - check it out if you have the time!


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**Part of what I want to do with The Oglebox is invite conversation and discussion around everyone’s individual life journey's and paths. Discussion on what works for us with there not being a right or wrong; we're all trying to do what we can to thrive within our own lives.


My own Journey has led me here, which was and is releasing these videos, living my truth and sharing my observations with an air of vulnerability. Sometimes I talk about things that I know I'm not doing or still am working through, and that’s ok as I’m not here to be the 'the' example but to create discussions, get people thinking, and continue to grow myself (I'm learning loads!!)


As a society I think we've moved away from working things out or sharing how we feel(observe) about things because we don't want to be put in one bucket or another. We're always evolving, a vegan has likely eaten meat at some point in their lives, and within that analogy I think is the idea I'm trying to highlight. I don't think I have the answers, or have figured things out, I'm just passionate about entering the arena to have the discussions and learn and grow amongst my peers, and I'm passionate about enabling that for others too. **

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