Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's your Opinion?

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all. -- Georg Lichtenberg

Boy, do I have opinions. And I like to talk to other people that have opinions. I want to know what people are thinking and then I want to talk about it. Sometimes it's fun to be with people that share my opinions and then we can get all red-neck and rowdy.
But I also like to be with people that don't share my opinion so I can see if I really believe my opinions. Or do they fall to another's reasoning? Of course in those situations you have to be with people that will listen to you and who are testing their opinions also. I want to challenge and be challenged and then everyone laugh and move on - exhilarated and stretched.
I love to talk about those taboo subjects of politics and religion. You just never know when you just might learn something. I remember one time when a belief I held was challenged, stretched, pushed and over a period of time - changed. During that time I said to God, "Okay, enough. I don't want to be enlightened anymore." Other times my beliefs have come out stronger from the testing and the enlightenment was confirmation.
My time as editor for the weekly newspaper in Peotone, Illinois led to me publishing my opinion. Of course I got to call it an "editorial". When we moved to Marietta I used to sit in the stands at the baseball fields and get giddy saying under my breath, "No one here knows me. No one here knows my opinons!"
Gave me a new appreciation for politicians. They do not get to have private opinions. They are the folks that have opinions and state them, vote on them, make them into laws.
Based on my experience, I believe it takes a lot of guts to be a politician and I truly believe it is a noble calling with more responsibility than most of us can imagine.


Rob said...

I can't stand opinionated people. They are always will opinionated. Well, that's my opinion.

Pam Arther said...

All of us that work in the education field have opinions today. The great gov. of GA would like us to work for free for 3 days. Why don't HE take a pay cut. The mayor of Atlanta makes $140,000.00 a year. It would take me almost 6 years to make that much money on my pidley school paycheck. We didn't cause the problem, they did. We spend our own money on school supplies of us & the classroom kids. What about those city workers we see sleeping in their trucks during the day? What can't THEY work 3 days for free? If the economy is sooo bad, why do I have to wait in a long line at the drive-thru, a sit down restaurant, at Target, anywhere I go, there's a line of people spending money! I just got back from a cruise. People were drinking those $6.00 beers like they were free! And there were 4 ships in Nassau, times 2500 people = about 10,000 people spending money like there was no tomorrow!! You can bet the teachers of GA will not be voting for Sonny Perdue if he runs again. Don't mess with the public servants that are teachers, law enforcement & firemen.