If someone says, 'all women should be in the kitchen cooking instead of working' then of course I have the right to challenge them.
If someone says, 'all single mums get a thousand dollars a week in payments' then of course someone should be allowed to point out that's incorrect. Do people really want to live in a bubble of ignorance where none of their mistakes are open to challenge simply because they believe them?
We all make mistakes. I don't expect to be right all the time and I don't expect others to hold their tongues if I completely have the wrong end of the stick.
That's not say people all have to agree, or that its okay to hound people for having a difference of opinion. But opinions are not sacrosant.
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28-03-2012 11:19 #41
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28-03-2012 12:29 #43
No, I definitely don't respect everyone's choices, often including my own! But I do respect everyone's right to make their own choices. If that makes sense.
Right now I am at work and choosing to sit on bubhub instead of doing work, and getting paid to do so. I have absolutely no respect in this choice and yet I'm going to continue to do it anyway.
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28-03-2012 14:37 #44
No. Not when they have the potential to negatively impact others- such as anti-vaxxers or religious extremists.
If the choice has no impact on others (how people dress, what they eat, where they live etc) then it doesn't bother me!!
28-03-2012 16:24 #45
hi, everyone has an opinion on something, everyone has the right to have an opinion, I agree with everyones right to their opinion. I dont necessarily agree with everyones opinion but I can still allow them to think for themselves. Opinions may have no basis in fact, or truth, but that is not going to make it any less of an opinion. Some people will be receptive to debating, others might not wish to debate. Most people will admit they dont have all the answers to all the questions, and it is possible to debate any topic without it ending in insults and hurt feelings. Some topics can raise an emotional response in me, that is when I leave the computer, take a few minutes to calm down and give a more measured response. Im sorry, but sometimes Compassion gets lost in the emotions here. Marie.
28-03-2012 17:52 #46Senior Member
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I don't respect every choice or opinion. I would like to say that I maintain respect for the person behind the choice but, depending on what it is, there are things that lead me to make value judgments about a person's character/ intellect, etc. because of the choice that they make.
28-03-2012 17:59 #47
seems we all agree on not respecting everyones choices or opinions, but respecting their RIGHT to make it. that appears to be everyones reply and i too, agree with it. i didnt respect my friends choice to drink throughout her pregnancy, but respected the fact that she MADE that choice. each to their own. if the choice is not good at least im not the one suffering the concequences if sumthin goes wrong
28-03-2012 18:09 #48
Most of the time I respect other people's choices and opinions even if I don't agree. But what I hate, is homophobic or racist comments, many of them steeped in no fact, only hatred, and when people challenge they get all narky saying this is my opinion and are, in essence saying they can say terrible things and that's ok bc that's their opinion.
If you state an 'opinion' like 'fit in with Australians or F off" expect that others aren't going to let you hide behind that 'opinion'.
28-03-2012 18:15 #49
I don't respect choices that negatively impact on the human rights of others, even if they are made with good intentions. I also don't respect the opinions of bigots, racists, homophobes and other similar narrow minded idiots.
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28-03-2012 19:06 #50
I respect people's right to make choices, but I don't necessarily have to respect the choices they make.
I DO always try to voice my opinions respectfully and without causing offense though. There's no need to get people angry because you don't agree with their way of thinking.
Sometimes I think people forget that when they get passionate about something. You can be passionate without being aggressive. Then again, some people mistake passion for aggression anyway... Can't win with text to brain communication where there's no way to accurately gauge what someone is saying by tone and body language *chuckle*.
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