You know what they say about opinions? Well,…I don’t…because I don’t really care about your opinion. I care so little about most people’s opinions that I have become reluctant to share my own. I don’t ever share my opinion. Why? Because most people are blindly hypocritical in order to fit their agendas. I said I don’t share my opinion, yet I write a blog.
The point I’m trying to make is that we tend to lean towards what we already think. Following people on social media that you already agree with is pointless because you won’t learn much from the same perspective as your own. My timeline on Twitter is filled with people I disagree with.
Learn to value opposing views and a different perspective 64% of Americans don’t hold a passport. How can someone passionately discuss international affairs while having no international experience?
Most people who have “left the country” have simply traveled to American resorts in other countries. When I point this out, most people will say, “I left the resort,” to defend their life experience. Don’t believe your own hype. Very few people actually go to an area that tourists don’t frequent.
I have been to 20+ countries, and that comprises only (according to the free “Visited” app) 8% of the world. I have seen very little, comparatively . On top of this, it is very difficult to fully understand another culture by simply visiting.
I believe that every middle schooler should be sent to an impoverished country for a week to help work on the land. I think that this will instill massive empathy, gratefulness, and an actual definition of “hard work”. Also, I believe to earn a high school diploma, you should have to live outside of the country for 90 days total, during your four year high school career.
There is so much outside of America that most Americans will never experience. The little that I did experience has molded me into a better person. My political opinion has changed greatly because of this.
Being passionate about something is amazing, but I believe you should be open-minded enough to see someone else’s point of view. This is one of the reasons that I value a person’s opinion who has chosen a “side”.
The two major sides are liberals and conservatives.
Unfortunately, most people are sheep. The masses are manipulated easily. If you disagree with 100% of what republicans have done, you’re biased, and therefore, have an opinion that holds very little weight. If you disagree with 100% of what democrats have done, you’re biased, and therefore, have an opinion that holds very little weight.
The reason why I originally started my podcast, “Awesome Talks,” was to share perspective. I also wanted the ability to ask questions that I might otherwise feel stupid for asking.
I am nothing close to being a conservative, and I’m rarely around them. It would be easy for me to put up a barrier and not ask them questions. If someone is open to accepting that their way of thinking MAY be wrong, then I love conversing with them. I will be attending a Conservative Energy Summit in Washington DC next week and will be asking a lot of questions about their way of thinking.
You should not judge without first knowing. I encourage you to ask questions without judgment or preconceived opinions.
Observe before judgement.
Editor: Missy Fitzwater
PS- I want to say a special thank you to Missy. She edits my blogs with almost no notice and never complains. She’s an amazing boxer and coach, and an even more amazing human being. Plus she does words good 🙂