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Are individual opinions of value?

Critical thinking, reason and logic are the crucible upon which we hope to forge fact and truth. But some areas of thought, such as philosophy, are more open to debate and personal viewpoints. Other areas of thought may be perverted by the idea that opinion as as good as fact... where should the line be drawn?

Yes, individual opinions are of value.

Individual thought is what makes the world go round.

Individual opinions create a diversity of perspectives.

Individual differences are what make the world unique. By learning about how other people view the world, we can embrace different ideas and view the world comprehensively. Individual opinions are valuable because they contribute to the diversity of information in society, which we should celebrate.

Opinions create different views on life

Cultural sensitivity and understanding of others differences benefits society.

No, individual opinions are not of value.

Individual thought lead to radicalism, and are not helpful in getting things done.

Individual opinions are not of value because opinions don’t improve society, sometimes they make things worse

Differences in opinions cause society to be divided, prejudices to be formed, and people to be hostile towards one another, which doesn't improve society. Without individual opinions, there would be unity and peace in society. Thus, individual opinions are not of value.

Opinions harm people because it encourages extreme and unconventional behaviors in society

Opposing opinions can create prejudices that harm people and society as a whole. Sexism, racism, classism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and homophobia were all started by opinions about a specific gender, race, etc... These opinions have caused hatred and injustice with different minority groups throughout history. Therefore, individual opinions are not of value because it encourages extreme and unconventional behaviors in society.

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This page was last edited on Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020 at 14:32 UTC