Do we have the right to our opinions?

Of course we have a right to our opinions!
is our first opinion on this.
Having our own opinons is one very symbol of being a[n early 21st century] person.

We have opinions on so many things.
We hesitate to have opinions on biochemistry or advanced calculus
as we may be wrong,
but surely we have a right to our opinions on religion, politics, morality, education and philosophy.
Here, no one can say we are wrong.

But is even this true?
Is everyone's opinion thereby equal?
Surely we cannot say yes.

Things are seldom as simple as our opinions.
Things are never as simple as things seem to us.
They seem simple because when we state an opinion, our minds often come up with some images or instances that makes the opinion seem reasonable.
The images may be facts or they may be fantasies.
And if we have not studied the topic in depth (i.e. from many perspectives) we do not have a wealth of opposing imgaes.

One distinction in our thinking here must be:
are we talking about a right to express our opinion publicly?
or a right to think what we want?

The first, freedom of speech, is a partly political issue.
We may think it a fundamental freedom.
But here there are many occasions when we don't, and we shouldn't, say what we think
as it would be impeudent, hurtful or insensitive.
(The mind is a bit of a babbler.)

But even if we don't have the political right to speak how things seem,
shurely we should we have the right,
though that may not be the right word,
to think how things seem.
That is almost the definition of "seem."
All seems are not equal.
The speaker may not have enough facts.
The speaker may state false facts about the world.

One trouble here is that
all of us do that,
if only because attention is limited and the world is unending. And what is an opinion?
It is difficult to draw clear lines between opinions as truth,
opinions as judgements (moral and aesthetic),
opinions as feelings,
and opinions as hunches and intuitions.
We may even be said to have opinions that are never put into words.
Some of the facts we think we believe and think are true might sometimes be called our "opinions"?

Or do we reserve the word "opinions" for things we cannot prove, in some generally accepted and acceptable ways, to be true,
as in "That's just your opinion."
That happens too.

But that only changes the problem from whose opinio is best to what is truth and what is mere opinion.

The question is ultiatly perosnal. HAve you ever asked yourslef if your opinion on thsi issue is all that good?
x` How much do you really kow here?

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