Kavanaugh Case: The Ugly Side of Opinions
In the ongoing battle of women versus men, Supreme Court nominee, the Brett Kavanaugh case is the latest to be placed under the spotlight.
In September 2018, Dr, Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party while they were teenagers. Kavanaugh firmly denies the incident.
Before we go any further, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am not endorsing either side and am not jumping on the support bandwagon of either Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Ford.
BUT, I do write this to shed light on how opinions of this situation and others like it are creating a widely varying perception of men and women as a whole.
As of Oct 1, 2018, here is the latest poll of opinions about the Brett Kavanaugh case.
“First of all, following the hearing, Americans are at odds over who they believe. A YouGov poll shows that 41 percent of respondents believed Ford’s testimony, with 35 percent believing Kavanaugh. The number of people who thought Ford or Kavanaugh were lying was similar, with 38 percent saying they thought Kavanaugh probably or definitely lied during his testimony, compared to 30 percent saying the same about Ford.” – https://www.independent.co.uk
Here’s the ugly side of opinions.
An “opinion” according to Dictionary.com is defined like this:
- a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
- a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
- the formal expression of a professional judgment:
Let’s look at our first explanation as it pertains to the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations.
People in both the Kavanaugh camp and the Ford camp are basing their beliefs about who is telling the truth and who is lying on “grounds INSUFFICIENT to produce CERTAINTY.”
What this means is that supporters on both sides are coming to a conclusion based on what is being said and then filling in the blanks based on their own life experiences.
To clarify, consider the following…
It’s possible that the women who believe Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth are seeing themselves as the victim of an evil, abusive man who has control over them, thus reliving an either real or imagined past incident with a male who did them wrong.
It could be possible for the men who believe Ford’s testimony are witnessing a damsel in distress and their DNA ingrained chivalrous male nature is being triggered to protect the fair maiden and her virtue at all costs.
On the flip side, it’s possible for men who believe Kavanaugh is innocent may be reliving the nightmares of divorce, child custody or even their own experiences of false allegations from devious women in their past.
And it’s also possible that women who believe Kavanaugh to be telling the truth, have knowledge of certain females in their social circles who have destroyed men’s lives as payback for broken hearts or bruised egos.
The ugly part of this first point is that whatever you believe has no bearing on what may or may not have happened to Ford 36 years ago.
The truth is that unless you were actually there at the “alleged” house party where Dr. Ford says that Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, you don’t know what happened and never will.
Now let’s look at the second explanation of the Kavanaugh case opinion
If opinions are based on “a personal view, attitude, or appraisal of a situation”, where did this personal view, attitude or appraisal come from?
As discussed in the previous point, opinions are based on our past experiences as well as what we are feeding ourselves mentally in the present. (Editor’s Note: For a real eye-opening video on how your opinions on the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault case are being manipulated by the internet, click here. )
For instance, if you have been assaulted, either sexually or physically, in the past, you will have that memory to base future experiences on, even if it’s someone else’s experience.
In other words, if you’ve been assaulted and someone else says they were assaulted too, you would be more inclined to believe that person because of knowing your own past experience to be true.
Also, if you have been taken to the cleaners in divorce court, been denied seeing your children or have been personally ruined by false allegations OR you know of someone who has, you would be more inclined to believe someone who staunchly defends themselves with everything they have.
Either way, whatever you have been through personally will form your opinion based on your own experience.
The ugly part of this point is that your experience has no bearing on the experience of others. An opinion is simply a belief that your experience is the same as their experience… which it’s not.
The Third Explanation of Opinions About The Kavanaugh Case
If you’re faced with a serious issue or challenge in life, most people seek “the formal expression of a professional judgment” or in other words, a second opinion.
When seeking a second opinion, most people do this to subconsciously justify the opinion they already have. No-one ever wants to feel like they may be wrong. Therefore, when searching for a second opinion, we tend to look in places that are more likely to agree with the opinion we already have.
So when it comes to the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination and sexual assault allegations from Christine Ford, people on both sides are flocking to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and more to voice their opinions and see who agrees with them. The payoff is that this also validates the opinions they already have created.
The ugly side of this part of having an opinion on the Kavanaugh case is that the more you look to validate your opinion, the more you’ll find validation. BUT the less you’ll see of the other side of the argument.
Is It Wrong To Have An Opinion On The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Ruling?
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on anything and everything. Opinions on “who did what to whom” have gone on since the beginning of mankind (Did Eve tempt Adam with an apple, or did Adam force Eve to give it to him?) and will go on until our extinction.
The thing to be very clear on here is that opinions are just opinions.
Opinion – Belief, and judgement that rests on grounds insufficient to prove certainty.
Everyone has one and just like something else everyone has, opinions are usually well stained from frequent use.
Until the #MeToo movement demands that government makes a law that dictates all women are telling the truth and all men accused of any crime must be guilty, we must be vigilant to stand fast in the understanding that anyone accused of anything is innocent unless proven guilty.
But then again, that’s just my opinion.
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