"obstreperous" - noisy; unruly
The opinion of the people decides who will become the next President of the United States of America. The opinions of obstreperous others may destroy a candidate's credibility.
Conclusions are formed based on opinion polls.
Our opinions of other people determine the proximity of relationships.
Our opinions on particular topics may influence others one way or another.
However, the number one definition of 'opinion' in the Oxford Dictionary 2nd Edition states:
"an unproven belief or judgement; a view held as probable."
'Unproven' and 'probable' are two really ambiguous and negative words.
When getting my students writing essays, I always stress the point of making their essay personal by filling it with their own opinion. I don't want to read essays filled with common cliches, yet it appears only a clique actually possess opinions of their very own.
So, to have an opinion, or not to have?
We all see the world differently based on our upbringing, level of knowledge, and life experiences. Diverse opinions can stimulate deep thinking, consideration of other ideas, and help us to see from a different viewpoint. It can mould us into more empathic people.
A person without an opinion passes through life without contributing to the progression of society, much like a leaf flying unseen in the wind before settling in a gutter, crumpling and dying.
But those words 'unproven' and 'probable' are still crashing around my mind. I wonder whether 'unproven beliefs' or 'probable views', as defined in the dictionary under "opinion", are worth the credit they request.
Are we really satisfied in listening to someone's opinion which may be an entirely inaccurate take on the truth?
What is the truth?
Is it possible to know the absolute truth of every pressing issue and scientific process in this world?
Life revolves around opinions. What an extremely fragile existence we occupy!
What is your opinion on 'opinion'?