The worst phrase to show up in any discussion: “It’s just my opinion.”
Is your opinion informed with cogent facts? It could very well be right. And more than likely, you will not preface the statement with “It’s just my opinion…’
Is your opinion something you pull out of your ass in a fit of emotional apoplexy that someone else sees the world differently than you? You more than likely will be wrong… and saying, “It’s just my opinion” does not change that. Moreover, if you are right, it is a complete and utter accident that had nothing to do with your stating the point… at all.
I spend far more time arguing on the Internet than can possibly be healthy, and the word I’ve come to loath more than any other is “opinion”. Opinion, or worse “belief”, has become the shield of every poorly-conceived notion that worms its way onto social media.
There’s a common conception that an opinion cannot be wrong. My dad said it. Hell, everyone’s dad probably said it and in the strictest terms it is true. However, before you crouch behind your Shield of Opinion you need to ask yourself a two questions.