Without intro, I will quote two things written in November 2016.:
Clare Kirkpatrick:I've been thinking a lot about how 'we're all entitled to our opinions' is used to shut down discussion when the person saying or writing it does not have an informed opinion. The opinion is not considered or has been formed by reading one-sided arguments with little or no basis in truth. There has been little or no critical thinking about what's been read. The person repeats a clichéd opinion, can't back it up (or discuss it in any way) so refutes any challenge with 'we're all entitled to our own opinion'.Sandra Dodd:
Lately I've found myself thinking 'yes, but which opinion is more valid?'. By which I mean not 'only opinions that agree with my own are valid', but 'I lack respect for 'opinions' that have not been critically considered but, even if I disagree initially with sometimes opinion, I will respect it and pay attention to it if it *is* critically considered'.
I don't know how that is judged, but I do know that hearing or reading 'we're all entitled to our opinions' does the opposite of what the person wants and makes me instantly lose respect for their opinions.
Is this similar to when people say 'trust me', when, like you say, trust usually needs to be earned through past actions?-=-Is this similar to when people say 'trust me', when, like you say, trust usually needs to be earned through past actions?-=-
Yes. Or maybe not even through past actions so much as gravitas of SOME sort. Maybe the person comes with a strong recommendation from another friend you trust. The recommending friend is risking some of his own reputation by vouching for a third party, when speaking to you.
There are all these social points being exchanged, in real-world ways, all the time. Many people aren't aware of it and might never be, because they don't have that view of the world. They're not wise in the ways of interpersonal intelligence, or they have no interest in aspects of personality or personal worth. Some don't and can't, some could and don't—everyone IS different, but those differences make some people more valuable in some situations than others.
-=- I do know that hearing or reading 'we're all entitled to our opinions' does the opposite of what the person wants and makes me instantly lose respect for their opinions. -=-
Defnitely true. And there's a cousin of that statement that can be a person's undoing, so anyone who is reading who isn't very clear on this topic, here's a tool you can use to avoid losing points: Avoid anything that says or sounds like "Well that's just your opinion."
In a discussion or in a forum (real or imagined—in whatever milieu) assume there's a sort of ranking or hierarchy of knowledge, ownerships, investment, enthusiasm—all those things. So when someone who has less knowledge and investment (fewer points to spend) says to someone who DOES know more "Well that's just your opinion," the effect is Not Good.
If, about unschooling, I'm saying something standard and normal that has been said 40 times before by many people, and someone comes into the conversation and says "That's just your opinion," then they lose all their points.
BUT WAIT! Who's keeping track of the points?
Each person who notices, hears, reads, cares. SOME will "give points" (respect, regard, attention) to the person who showed up and attempted to belittle me. Points just fly. :-)
The people an unschooler really needs points with are her own family members, though. And still, we're trying to help her get that credit, respect, confidence, faith.(original is here)
And you hadn't earned the right through contributions to the discussions to be critical.
In an unschooling discussion, someone was defending snarky negativity, and three admins couldn't get her to chill.Sandra I have one question. How did you know yesterday that I had previously commented about my son enjoying reading eggs? I'm thinking that was over a year ago so just curious how you recalled that?I responded:Search feature on the group. I was hoping to find some useful, peaceful posts that showed that you really understood unschooling and were worth keeping in here, instead of throwing you out for being snarky and writing "unreal."She said she also ran a group, so it seems she would know about searching within a group. She went on to deny that "recall" means "remember."
On the header of the group is a box that says "Search this group" and has a Q/magnifying glass.
If you think I recalled you among 5,000 members, I didn't. Yet you seem sure that your opinion equals mine and your continued argument is useful to someone. If we were at a conference and I was a speaker with a microphone (the equivalent of this being my group), you wouldn't have as much right to speak as I did. If you were saying something really useful to others who wanted to unschool, I would walk across and give you the mic. I might make you an administrator, or recommend that the conference invite you to speak some year.
But you weren't being helpful, just critical. And you hadn't earned the right through contributions to the discussions to be critical. So stop.
Part of the effect Facebook has is that everyone's page looks about the same, and their posts appear to be the same, so the idea of proving oneself, or earning credibility or authority, is more difficult to see.
I've been in online discussions since 1992 or so, and have been in many discussions where we knew who was reliable and thoughtful, so that other group members were glad to see them, and had advance faith in what they were about to read.
In person there are social clues about who is greeted how, and invited to sit where, and who has rented the venue, and who's on the schedule. Discussions are different, but there are still realities about who and why.
Candid mention of points, in this context, on my site:"It’s been my observation that social points are earned in many circles for sharing stories of martyrdom." (Alex Wildrising)
The word "credit" is related to credibility, and credence. "Street cred" is its cousin. "Incredible" means unbelievable, and "credible" means the witness or the story has enough basis to be seriously considered.
Financially, you don't get credit if you're not trusworthy.
If something is "to your credit" (to her credit, she always shows up on time), it's giving you more credence. [If something is to your credit at the bank, it's in the plus column, and isn't a debit/withdrawal.]
Credit can be given falsely (plagiarism comes to mind—more like attempted theft of credit, which eventually leads to bankruptcy). Here are some examples of more questionable crediting, that caused some delay in solid unschooling:"He went to school and he learned to read and we gave them the credit for teaching him." *
"... not only will the teacher take credit for your learning, you might give the teacher credit for your learning." *
"I deserve..." Respect Trust (How does one become "trustworthy"?)