“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
Advertisements, talk shows, social media, friends, and family all these have opinions, lots and lots of opinions. Which ones are the right ones? Should I follow them? Take their advice?
There are some who live their whole life around opinion of others. I know of a person who listens to advertisements, when shopping he only buys name brand products. He believes they are the best, no name, store brands are inferior. Talk to store managers and they will tell some no name products are produced by the same companies that produce the pricey name brand. They may even tell you how to find the store brand that matches that overly priced name brand.
I have been lately noticing advertisements on t.v., they imply that if you don’t use their brand you must be an idiot, moron, clumsy, and more. I sometimes just want to throw something at the t.v. when those ads are shown.
When shopping we want to be in the popular crowd that are wearing a name brand pair of jeans. Do yourself a favor, compare those jeans to some of the ones that are almost half the price. Pay attention to the quality of stitching, the fabric, and the style You may discover there is no difference between those pair of jeans.
I found that living by the opinions of others is a high level of stress, financial difficulties, just because I wanted to fit in.
If you have been paying attention to the news you will have been aware of the problems in the United Kingdom. Their situation of brokering a deal to exit the European Union. The problem was elevated all because the government decided to have a referendum. They wanted the opinion of the British population. When all was said and done a survey found that people regretted of voting yes to leaving the E. U..
Sometimes I have had to make a decision, kick popular opinion to the curb and go by my first instinct.
As a preacher friend of mine use to say, “Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one!”
P. S. – Do you follow the opinions of others or do you listen to your own instinct?