A QUESTION OF OPINIONS
What exactly is an opinion? Some may take it as their thoughts collectively and hence believe that their thoughts or opinion are absolute and cannot be changed by outsiders but can be changed by themselves only.
If 20 persons were to draw up a list of their preferred rugby players there would be only 20 lists and every list will, in all probability, be different and again we have a situation where the entire exercise is randomised. The chances of all the lists being the same are about zero. That will accurately display the average on each list which may become pointless, too, due to personal and popular preferences. The lists will also indicate the opinions expressed and there is little chance of any opinions being the same, ie, all the lists will have 15 different names but may, too, indicate a tendency to elect the super hero’s
Throughout my working career of almost 42 years I have been employed on more than 6 mines and a government job to boot. For every single job worked on I had a different mind-set and that mindset, an opinion of that specific job.
In some cases the difference between jobs was not much but the variance is pulled back to accommodate a different setting and environment and the opinion one had for that job varied within limits. A gold mining environment is very different to a Namibian Uranium mine despite the severe exposure to radiation and other plant extraction materials. A diamond mine is very different than asbestos mine yet overall opinions in the mining sector clamour for the ability to work for the diamond mine. (this is not a new fangled way to collect diamonds) As I see the world it would be irrational for others to accept that my world is isolated from theirs in any way whatsoever, because there may be a mergence between the two. Expecting me to change and accept their irrationality and opinions is about zero. Those opinions are imbedded in my mind just the same as their opinions are embedded in their minds. With that I have no argument. Come heaven or high water, as the saying goes, it would be almost impossible to break the bonds of an imbedded opinion on any subject but may, in fact, assist to strengthen the embedded bonds and hence the change of opinion would be even more difficult to break.
Imagine if the thoughts and opinions of humanity were so close that they seemed to overlap each other. Humanity would regress to the level of intelligent primates, all doing the right thing and the wrong thing.
Back to rugby, that undying game: If all our opinions were identical then rugby would be one of the most boring games under the sun and the outcomes could be forecast weeks ahead of the game. Imagine the Bokke winning 29-15 every game and the pavilions are empty while the betting comes to a standstill.
Opinion: A conclusion or judgement held with confidence but failing short of positive knowledge.
A settled judgement or conviction on some subject, as religion or politics.
A favourable judgement or estimation; Reputation
The formal announcement of the conclusions of a court in a case before it. Also the conclusions of an attorney touching the merits of a submitted case:
Belief, conviction, decision, determination, judgement, doctrine, estimate, idea, impression, a statement of belief regarding a single point.
A persuasion is a confident opinion involving the heart as well as the intellect. And so we can carry on ad nausea.
The purpose of this rant is nothing more than an indication that different persons will interpret the same observation but will differ radically from each other. These interpretations may seem close to each other but may vary by a huge space between them and the difference may be small yet does tell the story effectively for both sides.
An opinion is a judgement or a viewpoint, or statement about common matters commonly considered to be subjective, ie based on that which is much less than absolutely certain and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that the facts are verifiable, ie, can be subjectively to have occurred. An example is: “America was involved in the Vietnam war” versus: “America was right to get involved in the Vietnam war”.
An opinion may be supported by facts in which case it becomes an argument. Although people may draw opposing arguments from the same set of facts.
Although I have been occupied on 6 mines I have a different opinion for each of those mines: The worst mine to have worked on is the asbestos mine while the best, by far, is the diamond mine in Kimberley. This mine far outclasses most of the gold mines and other mines in all aspects of their existence.
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