It is not okay to formulate opinions based on fragmented facts.
Think about Hillary Clinton. You say she is a crook, but how much do you really know? Have you spoken to her personally and reviewed her many thousands of hours of testimony and compared her dealings with others in similar roles and read her work and studied her behaviors and interviewed those involved? Or have you only watched Fox News and read a few stories while waiting for your latte?
Think about Donald Trump. You say he has bankrupted others for his own gain, but how much do you really know? Have you spoken to him personally and reviewed his businesses and compared his dealings and watched his entire speeches (not just liberal media sound bites) and studied his behaviors and interviewed those involved? Or have you only watched MSNBC and read a few stories while in the bathroom on your handheld?
Think about it. Have you even been to the website of the Clinton Foundation and reviewed their 990 and read their mission statement, or do you just claim to be an expert? Have you even visited a Trump business and purposefully spoken with employees and customers, or do you just claim to be an expert?
Most of us are not experts but talk like we are deeply informed. Yeah, sure we must evaluate these candidates. And okay, perhaps she turns out to be a crook and he is a lunatic. But maybe if we all shut our mouths and swallow our opinions for a moment, we could gain tremendous insight. The same holds in our businesses and lives. Be it a colleague, friend, family member, competitor, or foe, our opinions are formulated by our biases, plain and simple – this we know from empirical study of how our limbic system interacts with our cortex. There truly is no such thing as objectivity, it physiologically does not exist.
Making good decisions starts with looking in the mirror. So, unless we are willing to admit our ignorance, until we are willing to callout our own malarkey, the world remains in jeopardy, threatened by opinions and actions based on sound bites.