My friend, “W,” recently posted something on her Facebook page that one of her friends didn’t agree with. Instead of just stating her opinion, this friend ended her comment with a personal dig at W.
I’m a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their opinion and to share it if they wish, but I don’t believe someone should attack someone else because their opinion is different. I understand that some issues such as abortion, religion, the death penalty, and homosexuality will always be hot buttons in our society. What bothers me is why some people believe their opinion is the “right” one and become verbal, if not physically, abusive when someone expresses an opinion different from their own.
I don’t understand why people get so upset if an opinion that’s expressed doesn’t match theirs. If you don’t agree with what’s being said, walk away, agree to disagree, or even take a deep breath, count to ten if you have to, and maybe ask the person whose opinion you don’t agree with if he or she would be willing to have a civil conversation to discuss your differences. You each might learn something about the topic you didn’t know before. I’m not saying this will change your opinion, but it might make you more understanding of the view that’s opposite of yours.