Friday, March 22, 2013

opinions


Sometimes I feel lack opinions on general issues. While I see on twitter and facebook friends post opinions, some very strong, I would still hesitate to jump in and offer mine. And that makes me feel like I only have half a brain or am totally oblivious.

I do have opinions, but these are infrequent. Most would be just gut-level reactions to issues I cursorily read. Looking back, I grew up with an eldest sister I both looked up to and resented. She is intelligent and hard-working academically. She is also so opinionated on many issues. And I would often feel that her opinions have not been very well thought out. Or based not much on fact. So I cringe at times when she would get into arguments where others would pounce on her.

I then felt that I would only make opinions when I have thoroughly studied the matter, and have heard all sides. I would have a gut reaction to an issue but if I didn't have the time to do my research, it would remain just a reaction that I will choose not to share.

And since I hardly have any free time to dig deeper into issues, I end up not having opinions at all in many issues. Which is also why I enjoy just reading, and listening, to people voice their opinions. Though I have to say that there a lot out there who "shoot from the hip", in my opinion (?) hehe.

On the other hand, sometimes I feel that my brain has such little capacity to do processing and analysis that I would rather just use it for work, and for issues that have an immediate, urgent impact on me. Sometimes I just don't want to think anymore.

So pardon me if I do not seem engaged, or I seem apathetic or just plain blank. It's only because I don't want to be caught saying something stupid.

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3 comments:

joelmcvie said...

The less said, the better. Discretion is the better part of valor. Silence doesn't necessarily mean ignorance.

Tony said...

your sister is what some people call intimidators and so you developed the opposite of that and is now aloof (control drama dynamics from the celestine prophecy). :P

chink said...

I may be wrong, but what you are describing might be called PRUDENCE. so please carry on :-)