Why forming an opinion matters

Giving your opinion on something often feels like it’s impossible.

If you have absolutely no idea about a topic, it feels like forming an opinion on it is as difficult as making a cake without flour or eggs.

In these moments, it’s easy to subside back into the comfort of “I don’t know”.

If you’re not supposed to know because it’s new or different, or maybe even just that it’s “not your thing”, it’s easy to forego the burden of forming an opinion.

But, what if your life depended on it?

What if you had to make some form of comment?

You don’t have to share it, but what if you actually thought about it without any worry that it was naïve or stupid.

You’re probably not going to give an opinion that seems very informed.

But that also doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you are going to activate a part of your brain that would otherwise be left untouched.

You’re going to try and connect whatever information you do have so that when you hear someone else’s opinion, you can see how it compares to yours.

When you sit back idly without putting in any effort, others’ opinions are more likely to slide through your brain without sticking.

But, if you’re able to start making comparisons, you start to build the ability to make connections in your brain that you wouldn’t have thought possible.