Expressing your opinionMonday, June 08, 2009
The conversation can take on a totally different level.
The debate is just a brain-busting experience.
We encourage our children to read and listen a lot on different issues.
Taking someone’s opinion as a fact because he or she said it is not acceptable, except when we’re talking about our faith. (This sometimes can be a challenge when trying to explain to very inquisitive children.)
Pause: Now, how did Microsoft Word did that? I had a fragmented sentence earlier on and the software was smart enough to alert me and give me different options to paraphrase my sentence. Wow!
Anyway, as I was stating earlier before I was blown away by the intelligence of the people who created Microsoft Word, one has to be knowledgeable and resourceful to participate in a brain-twisting debate! You can’t just say, “Well, people said this and that!.” You have got to have your sources checked and double-checked.
Unless you’re my cute, adorable and opinionated 8yo, then you can negotiate yourself into a debate with your cute smile. (We really think he can be a great lawyer or attorney general one day, if he chooses to be in that field)
You should not take someone’s opinion and state it as fact. It’s alright to express your opinion, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but to convince someone about an issue, you have to be prepared for a rebuttal.
Even teachers or professors (even some journalists) sometimes give you a slanted view because their bias at times gets in a way of fully presenting the truth. Now, did you ever “politely” correct a professor, or were you intimidated by his authority?
Believing in your convictions and being informed make a great discussion and debate. It’s a great feeling to stand for your principles and it’s a lousy feeling when you compromise those principles and values.
Whether you’re an adult, a young adult, a teenager, a pre-teen or an 8-year old, you have certain beliefs and if that belief is challenged, you have to have the facts (or the cuteness) to support your thoughts.
My family has diverse interest and opinions. But one common interest is to be able to express one’s desires, feelings and thoughts; and we’re lucky enough to be in a country where we have the freedom to do so.