It is not formed without influence. Also, if not extremely careful, our own experiences will affect it. All of these factors must be taken into account, for there is danger in the forming, and sharing, of an opinion.
An opinion is a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. It is also described as an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something. Lastly, it can be the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing.
Do you see the danger? A judgement, an estimation, something believed by the majority. There is harm in judgement, items and people can be devalued in estimating them, and how many times, both today and yesterday, have crowds been wrong?
I’m guessing by the fourth paragraph, you almost unknowingly have an opinion about my intent here? If so, it is plainly this, I was disturbed recently when I had formed a judgmental opinion without realizing it. I would like to think of myself, as a caring and compassionate person, but my view of the situation was neither of these, and it terrified me.
Why? Because I’ve seen how a critical outlook can mar a life’s outlook, happiness, and future. The person it harmed, that I had observed, wasn’t the one being judged, but the one doing the judging. A critical outlook on life brings anything but joy.
What changed my opinion? The compassionate viewpoint of someone I respected. Without even being aware, for thankfully I try not to be quick to voice what comes to mind, they helped me to see clearly. It reminded me of times when I needed compassion, and allowed me to see differently.
May I ask you a question, while you’re forming your opinion of this article? In the world today, couldn’t we all benefit from sharing more compassion? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we listened more, and talked less? Not because each voice isn’t valuable, but wouldn’t words carefully weighed, balanced with mercy for all, and malice towards none, have a deeper impact? Anyway, that’s my reformed opinion 🙂 .