Ah, the Internet. That wonderful, magical land where opinions are facts and facts are opinions.
Well, actually, that mix-up happens outside the Internet as well. But why? Why can’t we just accept the fact that opinion is opinion and fact is fact?
We see and hear it all the time. Here’s an example:
Bob: “No it’s not! It’s so overrated. Twilight Princess is the best one. So there.”
Joe: “You think that cheap rehash of Ocarina is BETTER? Ha! Ocarina had a better story, and it was harder, which automatically makes it the better game.”
Bob: “Yeah, right! Twilight Princess was dark, it had better graphics, and the music was way more awesome. That makes it the better game.”
Joe: “Shut up! You know nothing about games! NOTHING!”
Bob: “YOU’RE AN IDIOT!”
Joe: “SO’S YOUR MOM!!!”
*Joe and Bob proceed to fly at each other and begin a fight to the death with lightsabers*
A bit exaggerated, perhaps, but I’m sure you can think of many similar, um, conversations that you witnessed (or were even a part of) either online or in real life.
Why do we get so defensive over things that don’t matter in the long run? Sure, it’s fine that we all have our opinions on things, but isn’t it unhealthy to state them as fact and get angry when people disagree with us? I would say yes. How, then, should things be handled?
Here’s an idea. How about we all learn the difference between opinion and fact and respect each others’ opinions whenever we happen to be discussing them? I dream of a world in which all opinion-related conversations go something like this:
Bob: “Really? I liked Twilight Princess better, but that’s cool. What do you like about it?”
Joe: “I love the story, and the difficulty really kept me coming back. What do you like about Twilight Princess?”
Bob: “Everything! The darker story, the graphics, the music . . . it just really clicked with me, you know?”
Joe: “I get ya. That’s cool! I liked it okay, just not as much as other Zelda games.”
Bob: “To each their own!”
Wasn’t that a lot more pleasant? Unfortunately, we’ll ever reach a state in which people respect each others’ opinions like this all the time. I do think it’s a worthy goal to reach, though, so I say we reach for it!
TL;DR: Have your opinions, but respect others’ opinions as well, and have fun discussing them in a healthy manner. Please and thank you.
See you all next week!