This week’s Weekend Assignment asks us to write an “op-ed” and tell our opinion about something:
Weekend Assignment #330: Op-Ed
Time to flex your writing muscle again, because for this week only, the Weekend Assignment blog is being changed to The Weekend Assignment Chronicle! Now, we need some Op-Eds to make things a little more interesting around here. Your assignment is to pick a current event and write your opinion regarding it. Anything goes. Write about politics, the economy, or maybe even your opinion about an incident in pop culture. It’s all good. It’s good to exchange opinions, especially when it’s done with respect. So, feel free to speak up here!
Extra Credit: Do you read the Op-Eds? Yes? No? Tell us about it!
And, guess what? I have opinions. About many different things!
And… I’m going to pass. Because, yeah, I have strong opinions about important issues of our day. And sometimes, maybe I fear exposing those opinions because I don’t want to stir controversy, or because I fear what others will think if they know my opinions. But I’ve done it before, publicly. I’ve shared my opinions on big topics here and in other public fora.
But that thing I fear: there’s something worse than that. Because what happens when I share my opinion, and I offend or hurt someone that I actually care about or someone who’s contrary opinion should matter to me? Was sharing my opinion worth it? Even if I happen to be right?
Which of course, sometimes I’m not. Because, for one thing, opinions aren’t just these ideas we have that cannot be proven right or wrong. Not every opinion is the equal of every other opinion. Sometimes, an opinion in misinformed, or predicated on false pretenses. Sometimes, an opinion is just plain wrong. And I’ve had those kinds of opinions in the past. And they’re worth exactly the paper they’re printed on (and since they often aren’t printed at all… they’re worth exactly that, too: nothing).
Interestingly, this is a response to some big news-worthy current events: I can think of at least two at this moment that I could be writing about in this not-an-op-ed. And I have opinions on those. But I’m not completely sure what that sharing my opinions on either of those or any other topic is of value at this exact moment. On at least one of those topics I shared my opinion multiple times with certain people, and I’m now worried that having done so, I’ve hurt my relationships with those people. And even if I think the contrary position is wrong, quite frankly the issue in my mind has absolutely no bearing on the nature of my relationships with these people, and hurting that relationship to say what I think is sort of like shooting off my nose to spite my face. Or whatever that silly old aphorism is.