By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Good Advice to the Opinionated: Take It Slow

In politics and religion, opinionated people are omnipresent. They often jump the gun, so to speak. They leap before they deliberate. They often think they are too smart and knowledgeable to have to deliberate.

I came across a hymn with a line that gives good advice to those trigger-happy when it comes to criticizing and correcting others:

"Do not form opinions blindly; hastiness to trouble tends."

Now, most of the opinionated, by virtue of being who they are, will promptly disregard this advice. And they will never see how foolish they look to others. Often the silence of others simply means they have written you off, not that you have persuaded them.

(Image below by blogger)