Another thought I’ve had for repurposing this blog. Opinions! If expression of such becomes the purpose, what opinions and with whom do I want to agree or disagree? Should I just spout my own opinions and be ready to defend (justify) (uphold) (rationalize) (etc.). How should I react to rebuttals or challenges?
Remember Neville Chamberlain who served as British prime minister from 1937 to 1940 and is best known for his policy of “appeasement” toward Adolf Hitler’s Germany. I don’t remember him. I was just two-years-old when he signed the Munich Agreement in 1938, relinquishing a region of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis.
Before you read anything into the previous paragraph, take mind that it’s not an opinion. It’s historical fact. An opinion could be a statement about why he did what he did. It seems, no it’s documented, that his successor Winston Churchill expressed many opinions about the issue. One was, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.” ((https://www.military-history.org/articles/winston-churchill-quotes.))
I read or heard somewhere, “Everyone has a right to my opinion.” So, does my apply to me and does the category of everyone apply to you? At this point in time, I must consider characterization of specific criteria for beliefs and that urgent consideration might be applied to overriding presentation constraints of covert and overt opinions.
On most days and with most people, I’d rather discuss the weather. It is an issue over which no human has control, ((In some circles that’s an opinion, I think, er – believe, ah…)) but conversations often get to side issues relating to the result of weather. Those issues far too often bring out the, “They should have, they could have, why didn’t… etc.,” comments.
I really miss reading Mike Royko, William F. Buckley Jr., and William Raspberry. I did not always share their opinion(s) but their presentation(s) of tough issues are worth modeling. In my opinion, I’m woefully unprepared to emulate their level of thinking or work.
So, I may slip in an opinion now and then, but I’m quite certain I’ll not focus on opinion as a category for continuation of this blog.