A view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter. Approval, esteem.
I don’t need anyone’s approval or esteem to form a view, judgment, or appraisal in my mind about any particular matter. So, I do not understand why approval or esteem is listed in the definition. In fact, everyone should have this right. Each person’s mind is after all their own mind. It is not our job to force them to capitulate to agree with what my mind has decided. Nor is it the job of the government, as far as I am concerned.
The second part of the definition says:
Belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge. A generally held view.
Here’s a definition I use a lot when dealing with my professors at school. Do not ask for my opinion and then insist I back it up with hard facts. That makes it a positive knowledge and a fact, not an opinion. A generally held view? What the heck does that mean? When a bunch of people have the same opinion? That’s what I guess.
The last part of the definition is:
A formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert. The formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based.
Hmmm, an expert? Who makes them the expert? In the case of a judge, their opinion over a law is always able to be overthrown and changed. One of the better aspects of America’s living law, in my opinion. 😉 Of course that is a cool thing about opinions which was not mentioned in the definition… That is their ability to be changed.
Facts and knowledge can change an opinion but if you believe wholeheartedly that you are right no fact or knowledge can change that. I have opinions about bulls that even though a few different people have differed with me on my opinions with facts that they have come across I still hold to my opinion. Until one bull proves me wrong I am going to stick to my opinion.
But back to what started this line of thinking….
Opinionated Man and his Project.
Damn Opinions LOL
Everyone has one. Maybe I will start writing some of mine down in this blog. Maybe….
If I do though, well, go ahead voice your opinion… I won’t stop you. Maybe you will change mine. (That would suck lol I’d have to announce I changed my opinion but I am a tough girl I can handle it.)
So to paraphrase a Bible verse I know…
Go ye out into all the world and share your opinions with all the world.