Opinions

Prairie Anthem

You may ask, what inspired this song? Due to the proliferation of social media, news outlets evolving into opinion-based formats, and a world where we are bombarded with information and issues of the day, is it any wonder that there is an abundance of opinions? Is it also any wonder that there is so much divisiveness amongst us?

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You may ask, what inspired this song? Due to the proliferation of social media, news outlets evolving into opinion-based formats, and a world where we are bombarded with information and issues of the day, is it any wonder that there is an abundance of opinions? Is it also any wonder that there is so much divisiveness amongst us?

I believe opinions are an important part of our life. For me, they guide me in my daily decisions, help to keep me safe, cause me to take action or not, etc. One definition of opinions I found is, “a belief based on experience and on certain fact, but not amounting to sure knowledge”. I find this true in my life. I have changed my opinions many times based on new information. I think opinions are where we intersect or disconnect. It is the place where we agree, disagree, seek common ground and possibly grow.

So how/why do opinions become a lightning rod and cause such a wide divide at times? Speaking for myself, it’s when they are expressed with negative overtones like hate, ridicule and lies. I don’t mind a debate, but I won’t engage with those who won’t accept the principles of decency and mutual respect. Is it really necessary to denigrate the person with opposing views to express your own? I admit I fall short many times, but as hard as it may be, I try to give respect to the person holding an opposing view. Writing this song, helped me sort out issues having to do with opinions. Hope it does the same for you…. even if you disagree.
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