Your opinion is Vital - An Open Letter to LeRain

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 24th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/h_6c2znr/
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Wikinut thrives when there are a variety of opinions being represented, and there are times when one contribution becomes so controversial that it may leave the writer wondering whether pushing the "Publish" button was the correct thing to do. Writers should not be afraid to be controversial it is our way of developing thought.

LeRain - A resounding Opinion

Her bio reads:

    "Creative upon waking, chemist by training, artist at heart, and crazy about cars is what I'm about. I'll say what I know about gemstones, jewelry, fast cars, fancy bars, and my opinion on everything."

I recall not so long ago welcoming a group of new writers that had joined Wikinut from other sites, including LeRain and for a while she seemed a regular contributor with her informative articles about pearls and other subjects, yet since publishing two environmental articles about global warming and greenhouse gases we have not seen her make any further contribution of any kind, which concerns me greatly, and I would like to see her return and continue writing on Wikinut.

A Matter of Belief

In a recent article of mine Mark Gordon Brown stated "Some people write controversial articles then get mad if a commenter does not agree with them. If a person is not prepared for negative comments they need to stay away from writing things they know will provoke others" in reality we must all be prepared to grow a thick skin when we write about a controversial subject.

There are writers here on Wikinut that will defend the second amendment till their dying breath and others that believe the law should be scrapped and modernised; both have a right to their opinion and should not feel shy about expressing such views. We have Marxists, Capitalists, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Atheists plus many more beliefs besides publishing their views and I believe here at Wikinut we are proud to have a variety of writers supporting every viewpoint that can and does exist. It is up to the reader to believe what they wish and disbelieve what they will.

Truth is we cannot all be the same, indeed it would make this world a very boring place if we were.

Your opinion is as valid as Anyones

LeRain, I do hope you have not stopped writing here at Wikinut because of something someone said in reply to either of your last articles, indeed those articles received more than 75 comments and surely must be considered as some of the most popular material written that week. Your opinion matters just as much as any person who wrote a comment containing an opposing viewpoint.

People should be prepared to publish their views no matter how unpopular they may be, just because one person states something it does not mean they are correct - no matter how much evidence they may provide in support of their argument. Actually the debate around your article brought out the very best debating skills - people supported their opinions by research material (whether such material is valid is quite a different question).

We know Socrates died to protect the right for freedom of speech. We do not have to go that far, but sometimes it feels like we must.

No room for Personal Attacks

Generally speaking I would have to say that during the debate people kept their comments targeted at viewpoints rather than personalities because it always concerns me if name calling or personal attacks happen. Debate should always concentrate on the topics at hand rather than the personalities involved.

Educational bodies will agree that "debating has strict rules of conduct and quite sophisticated arguing techniques" yet in truth the art of debate is regarded by many today as a lost art - particularly when it comes to providing a written opinion. In the Mid-19th century books (or papers) would be published critiquing another person's position on a particular topic, today such skill seems to be sadly lost.

People must avoid the temptation act like pirates when getting involved with debates, particularly those on emotive subjects - it is important we respect the right of others to hold personal views that are different than ours, it does not make them tight it just makes them different.

Feelings

I know how it feels to have others seemingly attack your position yet there is nothing to say that they are right and you are wrong indeed the opposite may be true. To question how you feel about something is natural, irrespective of how strong someone else's opinion is.

Is it possible they are correct? Yes! Is it possible you are correct? Yes! It is also possible that a third opinion is correct, one that neither party considered. Normally it is our old friend time that will let us know what is reality.

Writers are generally opinionated, and some have strong opinions and strong feelings about emotive subjects. As a moderator I am concerned that we have the very best of writers making a regular contribution here on Wikinut

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  3. Socrates from author's royalty free image collection.
  4. Pirate from royalty free image collection.
  5. Surgeon from Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar Retired
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for writing this, Peter. I miss LeRain. I've had the pleasure of reading her work for over a year, and I'm a big fan.

I know her well enough to know that she doesn't back down from controversy, pack up her toys and leave; she comes right back in swinging if attacked.

I hope she's just extra busy and will soon return to us. Her writing is top notch, whether or not folks agree with her opinions. I look forward to hearing from her, and letting her speak for herself, in her own imitable way.

Thanks again for this open letter to a fine writer.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I agree LeRain's writing is of the highest quality which was one of the reasons I did not wish to see he leave. But as she has said in her comment illness keeps her away.

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author avatar Retired
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Peter, thank you for inviting me back, but I am having some health issues right now and cannot write. Nothing to do the 2 articles, Wiki, or people's comments. I'll be back when I can. All for now.

LeRain

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I thank you for replying and of course wish you a speedy recovery - of all people I understand that regaining full health takes first priority when you are down.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing this story. It is very helpful.

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author avatar spirited
29th Sep 2014 (#)

It never rains but it pours.

I guess if any of us disappear for a while some writers would wonder where we went to.

Yes, it's good to have a thick hide or to believe strongly in what you write, despite any views against it.

Some of us even get off so to speak in writing something controversial. I for one like to upset the apple cart at times, when it spills out the apples you might find some gold coins that were hidden at the bottom of it....

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Sadly sir, there are many writers that are not prepared to push the boundaries of thought, who are afraid of debate. I believe that if you have expertise about a particular subject you should be able to write a convincing piece both for and against a specific question - yet few dare to go there.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Peter for sort of clearing the air. We need perspectives from all angles so that we are enriched and nature itself thrives through unlimited diversity. Let us have our robust views and also change them as we learn along the way. There should be nothing personal while sharing our views - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Seeing many different perspectives is important for debate, but it is also important for human development. As you say sometimes we change our views as we learn things.

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author avatar snerfu
29th Sep 2014 (#)

It is nice to see why we continue writing articles. The inspiration comes from the top! Great work Mr Giblett.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I am so glad you wrote this Peter ...there is so much wisdom in your article and it reflects the open caring person that you are.. I often get attacked but just keep on
for a writer must....

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Carolina I am not sure why people would attack your beautiful pieces, but you are so right that you have to keep on going.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
29th Sep 2014 (#)

In truth , Peter , the words you have written here makes W the great site that it is ...
I will have to check out LeRain's work when I can and see what prompted this post .
Praying that your sight is improving daily.
Many blessings to you
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Stella, My sight is improving, but it is likely to be the new year before I am back to normal, in the mean time I am writing and thinking and of course the future of Wikinut does concern me because it is a great place to air opinions.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I am always of the opinion that two people can debate on umpteen number of issues, can try to justify what they say, and negate what other says. Yet, they both can carry on with a difference of opinion.

Problem starts when instead of the viewpoints, we start attacking other people personally.
Even two people with widely differing opinions can stay together, if they can forego ego.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Sep 2014 (#)

PTrikha, I once saw a British MP talking to another MP who you may regard as his greatest enemy. When asked about this he told people that he needed to take a few days away from "The House" on personal business these two MPs had a gentleman's agreement that whenever one would be away the other would not vote - it ensured fairness in an ongoing debate.

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Interesting tale Peter.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Peter, thank you so much for sharing this article. I actually feel much better since reading this because I was going to send the moderators a note and ask them if they felt I was too opinionated. I have strong feelingsabout ebola and I truthfully do not want to offend anyone. I'm also for the 2nd amendment and again I do not want to step on anyone's toes in any way shape or form. My opinions go on and on and I like to voice them. Thanks again for sharing this.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Nancy, of course one of the great challenges of being opinionated is that you are prone to have others attack your position, but I have always believed that debate is vital for the advancement of humanity. The second amendment is in some respects one of the stumbling blocks of American jurisprudence and there will be constant debate around it.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Peter, thank you for your comment, I very much appreciate it.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
16th Oct 2014 (#)

Very good points, Peter. I am impressed by the great variety of viewpoints on wikinut and by the openness of the editors to grant publication to most pieces. I guess some people just prefer to to hang out in like-minded echo chambers, and feel nothing but mindless agreement.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

very interesting, thanks for sharing it with us

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author avatar Joyce Singha
4th Nov 2014 (#)

What a gracious way to take care of matters. I'm glad LeRain wrote expressing her disenchantment with Wikinut; better still she received good responses and assurances.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th Nov 2014 (#)

We cannot expect everyone to agree with everyone all of the time. In my view a diversity of opinions is always necessary and should be encouraged.

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