Logic and reasoning

Jonathan Haas, personal

Most of us have opinions on just about everything - from politics to pop culture to the best way to make a PB&J sandwich. And while it's great to have opinions, it's even more important to be able to back them up with evidence and reasoning. Unfortunately, too often we see people with strong opinions that are poorly thought out and poorly supported.

This is especially true when it comes to hot-button issues that people are passionate about. In the heat of the moment, it's easy to let our emotions get the best of us and to make impulsive, rash decisions. But if we want our opinions to be taken seriously, we need to be able to back them up with calm, reasoned arguments.

Of course, that's not to say that you can never have a strong opinion on something. But if you do, make sure that you're able to back it up with logic and evidence. Otherwise, you risk coming across as nothing more than a hothead with a big mouth.

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