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ULTRA RANT. FFS. Facts, Opinions, Assumptions, Ignorance, Political Correctness

To summarise, stereotypes are there for a reason. People shouldn’t suddenly stop making an assumptions altogether. You shouldn’t attack someone with your opinion or a fact, without a reason for doing so. People are entitled to their own opinion and have the freedom to express it - though, we should all be aware of our surroundings and the consequences of our verbal actions. You should never put someone down for something they can’t change. The problem with ignorant people, is that they usually don’t know they’re being ignorant. It’d be wise to educate them if they’re willing to listen. Everyone has their own beliefs, but not everyone matters, so you shouldn’t let the opinion of another affect you - especially if they’re wrong or close-minded. Instead, focus on yourself, be yourself and most importantly, love yourself. You should never be ashamed of being attractive to certain attributes and not being attracted to others - you don’t owe anyone anything. If you’re in denial of a fact about something, then you’re the one with the problem - the point is, are you comfortable with this fact? Then accept it and keep doing you. Are you going to change this fact? Then accept that at this time it is a fact and go right ahead and change it. People, should mind their own business. People should have a conscience and use common sense - and that applies to everything.

I’m tired of this now. 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen repeated over-reactions to people’s opinions. First of all, let’s start off with what an opinion is and then compare it to a fact.

An opinion is something that a person believes/perceives to be correct. A conclusion if you may, that they’ve drawn themselves. The means by which they came to this conclusion may be through experience of something, or via the regurgitation of what someone else has told them (sometimes, this is known as brainwashing). It may or not be fact. An opinion that is formed from analysing other facts is usually referred to as an educated opinion. Someone may find one genre of music the best in the world, whilst others find it unbearable to listen to and wouldn’t even call it music. The enjoyment of music is based on opinion.

A fact is something that is absolutely correct. Something that is defined and has been proved to accurate given a certain situation. If you punch a wall, hard, generally speaking, it will hurt. If your hand is numb or for whatever reason the pain receptors on your hand are not working, then technically, it will not hurt - more accurately, you will not be able to feel the pain. The more detail you give, the more accurate the fact will be. 

Now, it’s important to know the difference between opinion and fact. Some people seem to think that, because a lot of people have an opinion, it is a fact. This is actually, incorrect. A group with a common belief or goal is called a club or a religion or a team. I would say the biggest example and possibly the most influential is what is known as society. Just because a large group of people believe something to be true, doesn’t mean it is. The top 100 sexiest women in the world, someone may find them all unattractive. In terms of attraction, everything is opinionated. 

With all this in mind, know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion; regardless of it’s right or wrong. If humans all had the same opinion, we wouldn’t grow or move on as a species. Life would also be incredibly mundane due to the lack of individuality and innovation (Heh, or at least, that’s my opinion on the subject matter).

You should also know that in the age we live in, there’s something called freedom of speech. That means you’re essentially allowed to say whatever you want. Even with this freedom, we generally don’t say whatever we want, because of how it may affect a situation. For example, saying “Hey everyone, I’m on my period today and I can feel blood leaking out right now, just saying” or “Hey, you see that girl over there with the purple hair and the big tits, I think she looks amazing and I would go balls deep in her right here on this bus, just saying” is unnecessary. There are some things that people don’t need to know or don’t want to know. You can keep those things to yourself. This is a combination of common courtesy and orderly conduct.

Now I’m going to talk about conversations in general. Depending on the time and place, the acceptable acoustics and topics of a conversation vary. For example, if you’re talking to a good friend about a private medical condition or something that you would protect with equal privacy, like some of the examples above, it may be best to talk about this quietly. However, since you’re talking to someone who you know well and are comfortable with, there should be no reason to restrict or reserve the topics you talk about. If you’re both into dykes that get each other off with spoons and ice, feel free to talk about it but keep the conversation among yourselves. If you’re in a private place, like a house or a church and you’re with a group of people who share the same opinions and beliefs as you, feel free to raise the roof with them.

The problem arises when you are discussing an opinion or thinking out a loud about something that may directly affect someone else who doesn’t agree or appreciate the expression of your opinion or view. “That guy over there has small hands, I bet he has a small dick”, “That girl over there has tattoos, I bet she smokes and listens to shit music”. Here, we introduce assumptions.

Assumptions are statements or conclusions that are drawn about a particular person or situation, without having all the facts about them. This is usually accomplished by using data you’ve gathered from previous encounters or experiences with similar situations or types of people. Sometimes, assumptions can be seen as educated opinions whereas other times, they can be seen as ignorance. Personally, I believe people who say “you shouldn’t make assumptions” are being unrealistic. Without making assumptions, there’s no leeway for error. In order to honour such stupidity, we’d have to execute a certain series of steps every time we approach a question in order to confirm that it’s a fact; where do you draw the line. We can assume the sun will come up tomorrow, because it has done so for the last how ever many years you’ve been on this planet. We can assume that if you’re fat, you’ve eaten a lot, as generally speaking, people who are fat, have had an excessive intake of calories into their body. I would even go as far as to say that if you go to a rave, you probably smoke or take drugs because of various reasons. What you shouldn’t do is make blind assumptions. 

Blind assumptions are conclusions drawn from nothing or from incoherent logic. “That person has a mobile phone, I bet they love marmalade”, “that man has a lot of muscle, I bet he beats up little kids”, “that person looks exactly like Harry Potter, I bet he carries exactly the same traits as said fictional character”, “Oh look, they wear glasses, they must read a lot and/or be super intelligent”. If you’ve made any of these assumptions, shame on you. 

Now let’s put it all together. Adjectives are used to describe, completely avoiding certain adjectives because they may one day hurt someone’s feelings is silly. However, you shouldn’t go out of your way to insult someone or point out something that society, or the person themselves deems important/relevant. That’s bullying. I highlight society because, if everyone was, for example, fat, then, no one would be. Everything is relative. If someone has a certain attribute and they’re not accepting this as a fact, that’s a problem they have to face; they’re in denial. Sometimes people take life too seriously. If someone overhears someone calling another person fat or skinny or whatever, again, they’re entitled to their opinion and if they were talking reasonably quietly then, the person who it’s directed at is just being nosy. You can’t just call someone a bitch or a prick or whatever, because you don’t like what they’re saying - especially when they’re factually accurate - you ever heard that phrase, I may be an arsehole, but I’m usually correct? Even worse, when these other people are coming in and “backing up” the “victim” as if they themselves were targeted. Why are you getting involved? Even when the person ALREADY said that the “attacker’s” opinion didn’t affect them. Confidence isn’t always easy to come by, but one should learn not to be beaten down by the words of others. If you stand for nothing, you fall for anything. If you’re in the middle of changing something, then you should just let an insult fuel your want to change, don’t let it get you down. Don’t start hating on other people because of their opinion, simply hate the opinion - or even better, just disagree. You can even agree, to disagree - accept that we’re not all the same and we have different ideas of what’s right and what’s wrong.

I’m just tired of people having to excessively sugar coat their words, opinions and assumptions because of political correctness. A lot sentences that start with “just because I’m x, doesn’t mean I’m y”. Well, no, but in this case, you are, so shut up. But again, let’s use some common sense. “This girl is wearing revealing clothing and has let herself get drunk, she must want it”. The very serious topic of rape. If you’re going to even begin to make such an assumption, that better be all it is. There are some things that you should be absolutely 100% clear about before you perform an action.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

To summarise, stereotypes are there for a reason. People shouldn’t suddenly stop making an assumptions altogether. You shouldn’t attack someone with your opinion or a fact, without a reason for doing so. People are entitled to their own opinion and have the freedom to express it - though, we should all be aware of our surroundings and the consequences of our verbal actions. You should never put someone down for something they can’t change. The problem with ignorant people, is that they usually don’t know they’re being ignorant. It’d be wise to educate them if they’re willing to listen. Everyone has their own beliefs, but not everyone matters, so you shouldn’t let the opinion of another affect you - especially if they’re wrong or close-minded. Instead, focus on yourself, be yourself and most importantly, love yourself. You should never be ashamed of being attractive to certain attributes and not being attracted to others - you don’t owe anyone anything. If you’re in denial of a fact about something, then you’re the one with the problem - the point is, are you comfortable with this fact? Then accept it and keep doing you. Are you going to change this fact? Then accept that at this time it is a fact and go right ahead and change it. People, should mind their own business.

Use common sense and have a conscience. Good day sir.

/rantover

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