Opinion vs. Perspective: What’s the Difference?
Opinion vs. perspective: What actually is the difference? An opinion is the result of comparing how your experience compares to your beliefs, i.e. it’s your judgment of how the things you see stack up to how you think they should be.
This is what judges do; they compare the presented facts of the case against the law and render an opinion.
Consider this about opinions (vs. perspective):
- They are not facts. They are a personal judgment of how the facts compare to your beliefs.
- They are not beliefs. They are only a reflection of your beliefs.
- They are not THE truth. They are only a reflection of YOUR truth.
- They are a valuable part of who you are and how you see the world.
- They are only your perspective, nothing more, nothing less.
- Opinions are one of six human perceptions built into our personality. In other words, there are five other ways of experiencing the world.
- Opinions are the strongest perception for 10% of the population. So, 90% of the world has a different angle.
- Judges are appointed, and have a limited role to play, only under certain conditions. They respect this and stay in their lane.
If you get too attached to your opinions:
- You might seek out those 10% who might see things similarly, and convince yourself this is how everyone sees things.
- You might think you are right, and everyone else is wrong. Meanwhile,
- You could lose touch with reality.
- You will miss 90% of what’s going on around you
- You will appoint yourself everyone’s judge without consent.
- You might alienate the very people you are trying to influence.
- Your self-righteous arrogance will conceal how dark and scary things are below the surface.
Opinions don’t make you right or wrong. They make you a unique and valuable human, just like everyone else. But if you don’t recognize that opinions are just perspectives, you might become ineffective and irrelevant.
What would happen if you accepted that there are many different perceptions, all valid, and learned how to see the world as others see it?