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It's alright to change one's opinion


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

It seems that some people think everyone else should have an opinion on everything they think important.

But the fact is that what one person finds very important, another does not. Yet people get upset with some who say they have no opinion.

Personally I would rather have someone say they have no view on something if they are uniformed about an issue than have an opinion just to have one.

This is the crux of the matter. Many opinions I hear today concerning issues comes from people who only have a little information. Even worse are those armed with only one sided information.

There are a lot of people today that only listen to a single side of an argument. I know people who only listen to Fox News and others that listen only to MSNBC. Both these sources have a slant, in fact there are few news sources available today that don't have some kind of bias.

That is the reason that the person who really wants to understand an issue reads all kinds of printed and on-line sources as well as listens to the broadcast media to understand the points of view. I find myself reading pieces and listening to broadcasts from conservative, liberal and moderate sources. For me that is the way to shake out what is going on and understand the sides, so I can better evaluate where I want to stand on an issue.

The fact is there is a lot of propaganda out there that is designed to sway people one way or another. It is not an easy thing to cut through that and find the truth as it may lay itself out for an single person.

However, that doesn't mean I find myself with the perfect opinion all the time. I see opinions on issues as a continual improvement project. I have often changed my mind completely about an issue because of research and study I have done. Sometimes the change is not that drastic; it is just a modification.

Often those changes have taken place because of a nagging feeling that I don't have all the information. I also have to remind myself that most of what I believe today is not set in stone. Sure there are core values that I will always hold, but even with those I should be open to new ideas.

That move of changing ones mind seems to be death to political candidates nowadays. But in my world it shows that a person has looked at something and reevaluated their stand on issues. Hopefully, when that happens, they have done that for intellectual reasons and not emotional ones.

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