I'm putting this in "politics" because it undoubtably is political, sooner than later. There's an old saying "opinions are like (insert your own body part), everybody has one". True, we all have opinions. Expressing them is something else. In many countries - societies - expressing one's opinion may get you arrested, shot, simply disappeared, or possibly stoned to death. I'll disregard these for the moment. In the "free world" as we like to call it, freedom of expression is one of the basic tenants, and is expressing one's opinion not "freedom of expression'? But are we free to do so? Should we be? , with those older members of society dismissing the opinions of the younger elements as "they'll learn when they grow up", or some such nonsense. I had a grandfather who would say "if you want my opinion" (nobody did, but he voiced it anyway), but in fact he wasn't voicing an opinion, he was dictating instruction. He was horribly offended when others didn't just accept his position as gospel, as his was obviously the superior intellect (in his opinion). We've all encountered the type. If one where to say "black people are less intelligent than whites", that expression of opinion would today be unacceptable by society, yet 60 years ago it would be met with nods of approval. "Homosexuality is a disease" - you're in trouble for that one, yet not long ago it was accepted as common fact, you didn't dare say otherwise. So we're not really free to express all our opinions, are we? And what happens when we do? Well, let's examine a current hot topic. Let's say you believe, in your opinion, that abortion is a crime. You listen to a potential political candidate, and they share your opinion. So you vote for them, and so do others, and they get elected, and eventually it isn't an opinion any more, it's a law. But in doing so, you have circumvented the rights of those who held a dissenting opinion. See what I mean about becoming political? It always does. So when I hear someone say "I'm only voicing my opinion", I take that with a grain of salt. Opinions are very dangerous things. In my opinion.