STORY BY HUDSON WEBBER
Well, you’re reading this column, so you must be somewhat curious about what other people think. That’s good. Everyone should have an opinion, and everyone’s opinion should be respected.
We tend to discredit people who do not agree with us. But it is rare that we will actually ask why someone trusts an opinion contrary to ours. Many times someone will have a good reason for their opinion.
For example, whenever I go eat with my friends, they always desire food from Quad. I normally desire food from Hubbell. We could start insulting each other about the inferiority of the other’s opinion, or we could discuss why we feel the way we do. Turns out I think Hubbell provides a more eclectic and plentiful choice of food, whereas Quad satisfies more of my friends’ cravings. We should both respect each other’s feelings on this matter (or go eat separately).
I think this should be applied to all aspects of opinion sharing. Some people believe in a God. Some do not. But insulting each other does not change whether or not a God exists. Instead, discussing reasons for that belief will always prove more productive.
Humans are the only beings intelligent enough to express complex opinions. The only creatures with enough knowledge to contemplate the implications of subjects as deep as Quad vs. Hubbell, or God vs. no God. It is a waste of time to write off someone’s thoughts without considering them first. No, you probably will not be swayed away from your (totally right) opinion, but you will show honor to others, and build up a better intellectual community around you. Here, at Drake, you are allowed to have an opinion. You’re allowed to have a weird opinion. But for the sake of sophistication and open-mindedness, respect everyone else’s.
Safe to say, if you respect my opinion on this, then you will probably respect everyone else’s.