This I Believe – Opinions

We all have beliefs and values that we have developed throughout our lives and hold dear to our hearts. So what are some things that Eunoians believe in? Submit your own responses here to be featured on The Origin*!

Some parts have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Opinions

Liu Jing Wei 18-U3

First off, I have never been a religious person. An atheist though? Not quite. More like a freethinker, and not just towards religion. My belief is that, unless you can truly step into someone’s shoes and experience what they have experienced, your opinion of people should stay as exactly that, just an opinion. I believe that not doing so will just lead to unnecessary and unpleasant misunderstandings with others.

Throughout my life, I have always been keen on observing others and less so interacting with them. Regardless, a few close friends were made with little to no enemies, possibly due to my lack of strong opinions towards possibly controversial topics (politics, music, even of other people).

Some may think, or even know that this is a sign of weakness or a lack of “backbone” so to speak. But I, as a non-outstanding individual, believe that keeping an open mind towards everything and anyone is the first step towards truly understanding them. A few past friends of mine that I knew quite well were relatively good people. Worked hard. Played hard. Prayed hard. But some of them, much to my bewilderment, disliked or even loathed one another. One particular friend of mine was so bottled up with hatred towards certain other acquaintances of mine that I could listen up to 30 minute long rants over the phone on a daily basis. Whenever I would inquire on what was so particularly infuriating with these “selfish-idiots”, I would always get “that guy is a teacher’s pet” or “that guy is just damn annoying” and once even “that guy is a closet-mugger”. To have to watch two good people with decent morals outright loathe each other due to the way that they each live their lives is befuddling, even frustrating at the most serious of times.

“Have you ever asked yourself that maybe you give people too much credit?” you may be asking. Yes, I have thought about it now and then. Maybe trying too hard to earn your teacher’s approval can seem annoying to others. Maybe blurting out inappropriate phrases in the middle of a lesson can seem douchey to people who are trying their best to learn. Maybe simply minding your own business and trying your best to get good grades can aggravate certain people as well. I get it, people can get annoyed over these things. But to have a permanent bad impression of people because of these things? I don’t quite see the point. There will always be more to people than they choose to show, regardless of how much an open book they may seem.

But hey, that’s just my opinion, and like i said, what is an opinion, should stay an opinion, no matter how frustrating or confusing it gets.

Summary:

Belief: Unless you can truly step into someone’s shoes and experience what they have experienced, your opinion of people should stay as exactly that, just an opinion.

Values: Keeping an open mind towards everything and anyone is the first step towards truly understanding them for what/who they are.

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