I was talking to Jack about opinions the other day. Jack's thinking, as I recall, was essentially that You Are All Wrong and You Need To Be Told That You're Wrong -- a view worthy of respect, but not one that I share. My opinion of opinions is: fuck opinions. I don't care what you think -- hell, I barely care what I think -- and I'm not under any illusions that you feel differently towards me.
I mean, I have all sorts of opinions going -- here are two:
Much scope for discussion there, I'm sure, but, again, I don't care what you think. And even a cursory examination of any blog where some semblance of debate takes place shows that nobody's really interested in what anyone else has to say, beyond saying "me too" or looking for ways to pick holes in it without ever actually considering that there may be some merit to it as well. For instance, take a look at the exchange between Psycho Milt and Sean here (no real significance to my choice of example, by the way -- just the most recent one that comes to mind). To sum up:
The scene: a discussion of The Archbishop of Sydney dissing Islam.
Psycho Milt: [in short, he thinks all religions are equally crappy, and therefore finds a leader of one religion criticising another a bit rich.]
Sean: Chip on the ol' shoulder Psyco [sic] Milt?
Psycho Milt: [patient and clearly-worded expansion on his previous point, explaining that any "chip" applies to more than just Catholicism, and separating the teachings of Jesus from the doctrines enforced by organized religion]
Sean: Just as I thought - Chip on the shoulder...
Why would a person bother?
UPDATE: Yes, I'm aware of the irony of publishing an opinion piece on how opinions are crap.
UPDATE: Did I say "irony"? I meant "hypocrisy".
UPDATE: Did I say "hypocrisy"? I meant "fuck you".