Everybody has opinions. We all have remarked on what we see and how the world around us affects us. Opinions will be different depending on the environment we are in. I truly believe that we are all products of our environment if placed in a different time or location I would not be the same person. I know for a fact that my ancestors that had mental health issues were placed in institutions and not given the chances that I have today. We have come a long way in understanding mental health, but I think we have forgotten the basis behind opinions.
Today views are seen as facts and judgment. Just because I say dogs are better than cats, doesn’t mean I don’t like cats. We don’t need to start a great debate over which is better and why I don’t like cats. It’s just my opinion, and I have my reasons – as I’m sure you have yours. Opinions were meant to be expressed so we could find out the reasons for our differences, to delve deeper into the personal – allowing us a chance to understand one another better.
Just because I don’t have the same opinion as you doesn’t mean that I disapprove of you or hate you, it just means I have not experienced what you have. Those who are willing to tell me their stories – I find I can better understand their opinions. No, it doesn’t always change my opinion – because it is not what I have endured, but now I can understand you -if you are willing to hear my story maybe you will understand my view.