You know those opinions you hold but no one else shares? The ones at which people gasp and say, ‘You can’t possibly believe that!’ Well it is - precisely those - opinions that help define you. Covet them, for they are you.
Herewith a dozen of my opinions with which most people disagree:
• The best-ever host of The Tonight Show was Jack Paar. Carson had longevity but Paar was electric.
• Today’s America is as polarized as it’s been at any time since the Civil War.
• We should still have tented circuses. The indoor kind just aren’t the same.
• In baseball, 3 balls should be a walk. Watching pitcher and catcher toss the ball back and forth is tedious.
• Two gentlemen who would man well the office of U.S. President: Jeb Bush, Evan Bayh.
• Jonathan Winters was the funniest man ever.
• Want to rebel against something? How about the necktie. What earthly good do they do? They’re not even decorative since most are absurdly mismatched.
• People should have more arguments. Used as a cordial learning tool, arguing is how ideas get examined. Granted arguments can turn toxic, but they needn’t, given civilized ground rules.
• The best American movie ever was 1953s From Here to Eternity based on James Jones’ novel. Ironically, it was made by a minor league studio – Columbia – but rarely does a picture so honestly capture a story’s ethos.
• The all-time silliest American fad was the Twist. It was grotesquely awkward and unappealing to watch or perform.
• Whatever happened to music? You know – pleasant songs with lyrics like I’m in the Mood for Love.’
Sean Connery is the definitive James Bond. Connery’s secret: Have fun with the character who is, at essence, comedic.
So, when that moment comes in which you deliver a thoughtful opinion that’s greeted with derision, you may be taken as a naysayer or an eccentric. Maybe so. But you also have intellectual courage.