Adapting Opinion; With Help From Roland Emmerich and William Shakespeare

An opinion is a dangerous thing to have and an even more risky thing to reveal; given the circumstances, an opinion can place an individual in the highest, or lowest lights imaginable. I, for example, have a profound distaste for both Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, directors known for regularly pumping out Hollywood Blockbusters that lack principle, taste, class, and basic cinematic features like coherent plots, amiable and relatable characters, in addition to cinematography that doesn’t make the viewer cringe at the very site of CGI.

Despite my prevalent opinion that the aforementioned directors be forced to retire, however, their films continue to make absolutely stunning amounts of money and, for whatever reason, potential movie goers continue to clear their respective schedules (and wallets) to make sure they can see the latest monstrosities designed and pumped out by two (quite frankly) mediocre directors. Regardless of this fact, however, my opinion that Bay and Emmerich are bad directors isn’t one that can’t be changed. Recently Emmerich released Anonymous, a film that takes the side of many new-age literary scholars by postulating that Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, did not write the works that he has become celebrated and revered for. Instead, that honour goes to 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere.

Suffice it to say, the film is not a masterpiece, nor is it an opus by any standards. It is, however, a sign of genuine improvement on Emmerich’s part in that the plot is enjoyable and understandable, the characters are genuine, and the actors perform valiantly and naturally. That being said, the actors don’t, miraculously, appear to be cardboard cutouts designed to read words off a convoluted script in the hopes of profiting from a movie designed to numb the minds of those who view it. Succinctly speaking, while viewing the film, my opinion of Emmerich changed (if only slightly) and I felt proud knowing that the man who created such disasters as 2012 and 10,000 B.C., was capable of producing pieces that are equally thought provoking and entertaining.

It’s actually thanks to my opinion of Emmerich that I’ve found that changing an opinion, though only logical once one considers the nature of truth and the continuously altered state of fact, is not an occurrence that is easily accepted. It’s quite strange to say it out loud, or on paper, but a person changing, or revising, their opinion to suit new data and a different outlook is not as commonly accepted as one would hope. The reason is simple and annoyingly obvious: a lifelong member of school A cannot switch to school B specifically because the tenements and doctrine of the new school conflict and appear contrary with those of old. It wouldn’t make sense for an individual against abortion to change their opinion and it wouldn’t make sense for a right wing activist to switch their point of view to the far left.

Of course, it’s not that the opinion merely changes, but that it adapts. Without a doubt, a pacifist will not merely wake up and embrace war without a specific and motivating reason; their contrary point of view is a matter of adapting their interests and beliefs to suit what they feel is a more reasonable opinion. So the question becomes, yet again, why is it so wrong for an an opinion to change (or, more accurately, adapt)? In short, the answer is that it isn’t wrong, and being able to admit a mistake, or logical fallacy is an admirable quality. Furthermore, if one is capable of carrying out such a decision without succumbing to pride or vanity, the reflection on their moral character is even more defined.

The fact of the matter, however, is that pride and vanity do come into play with opinion and once a discussion begins, it’s quite easy for two parties to pick apart their partners, instead of their opinions. Simply put, instead of challenging the accuracy of the facts that create the opinion, the existence of the speaker is instead targeted. Within moments, a discussion regarding the merits of stem cell research can break down into nothing more than unreasonable (and childish) squabble. The reason being, of course, that in a position of weakness, we often resort to school yard tactics to prove ourselves right; if we, as a pillar of opinion, are incapable of defending our own intellectual strongholds, we merely attack those who criticize us to appear strong and valiant. Instead, we appear weak and ill prepared merely because we were incapable of defending a position we’ve held for time.

Worse than a position of weakness, interestingly enough, is a position of strength. Feeling superior can lead to feeling contemptuous and no discussion can end faster than one where a speaker feels they have some sort of intellectual leverage over the other. The problem isn’t that weak points are made, but that the points being made are weak specifically because we feel the attempt is unnecessary. After all, why must kings converse with paupers other than to assert their undeniable supremacy? We are, obviously, not intellectual kings, nor are we intellectual paupers and all opinions are subject to criticism in order to observe the strength of the position and those that defend it.

I suppose the ultimate question becomes, how do we avoid such circumstances occurring? The answer is as simple as the problem: we listen, we speak, and before we succumb to childish impulse, we stop ourselves and think about why we’re about to shun another human being with an equally important (to them, at least) opinion. Under every given circumstance, there will be no reason no outright denounce an individual and, hopefully, we will stop ourselves. Unless, of course, we find out that our own opinion is poorly chosen, and we decide to adapt said opinion. Quite frankly, I’d like nothing more than to be able to admit to a logical fallacy without having my existence challenged.

As always, this has been your Admin, the Avid Blogger; comment, subscribe, and criticize, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

  1. It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Opinion is very close to my heart, and considering how much I discuss my own, I’m glad that you’re enjoying it.

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  3. I’ve been reading the posts, so i pretty much go along with what Mary said.

  4. Made me instantantly remember “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” –Mark Twain

  1. November 7th, 2011
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