Matter of Opinion
Matter of Opinion

Eve is in the Garden of Eden but she is not happy.

“God,” she says, “It is beautiful here but I’m lonely and I’m sick of eating apples.”

“Okay,” replies God, “I’ll make a man for you.”

“What’s that?”

“Well, a man is a creature with aggressive tendencies and a huge ego who doesn’t listen and gets lost a lot, but he’s strong, he can open jars and hunt animals and he can be good fun in bed.”

“Sounds great,” says Eve.

“There’s just one thing, he’s going to want to believe I made him first.”

Is that funny? That’s a matter of opinion.

Is it accurate? Who knows. It certainly is a different take on the Hebrew and Christian story about how mankind got started but if no one can prove it is not true, it is a matter of opinion as well. Or maybe belief would be a better word.

The reason I started with a joke about God creating woman in Her own image is that I want to call attention to how many of the things we accept as facts cannot be proven.

And the main reason I want to do that is because the media, advertising and other people constantly bombard us with opinions that are presented as facts.

That can cause problems when we encounter people who have taken on a different set of opinions that they believe are facts because when we think we are dealing with facts only one side can be right.

When we see opinions and beliefs for what they are,however, it is much easier to accept different views.

The second reason I want to talk about confusing facts and opinions is because we often do that all by ourselves, without any prodding from society or the advertising world.

If you stop and think about it, you might be able to see an example of this in your own life.

It is what happens when we assume how other people feel about us.

He hates me, she loves me, they don’t want me to be part of their group. That sort of thing.

It is fine to have opinions about those things but some of them can be far more painful if we forget that we might be wrong.

There are many things that we just can’t know for certain, such as how did we get here and what happens after we die?

They are big questions and I suspect they are the main reasons people turn to organised religion.

There is nothing wrong with taking on a set of beliefs that help us cope as long as we leave room for doubt and allow others to have differing opinions.

Maybe woman really was created in God’s image, but there are other possibilities:

“I’m lonely,” Adam says to God from the Garden of Eden. “I need to have someone for company.”

“Okay,” replies God, “I’ll give you the perfect companion. She is beautiful, intelligent and gracious. She will cook and clean for you and never say a cross word.”

“Wow, that sounds great, but what is she going to cost?”

“A creature like that will cost an arm and a leg.”

“Hmmm, that’s steep,” replies Adam, “what can I get for a rib?”

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