"Among my most hated clichés is one that you've undoubtedly heard countless times: "Everyone's entitled to an opinion."
It's true, of course. Everyone does have the right to formulate and express an opinion of his choosing. What I hate about the phrase is that it implies that opinions are equally devised and should be measured as such.
It's a pseudo-argument that's not actually an argument – offered as pithy wisdom but serving no purpose other than shutting down further discussion about the substance being discussed.
A person's specific opinion is justified or valuable not simply because he has one. Opinions are not equal, nor should they appraised that way.
To illustrate my point, imagine that you sit at one side of a table............"