by Ralph Greco, Jr.
The noun “Opinion” is rooted in supposition or belief that lacks sufficient grounds of proof. That said, it takes a Herculean stretch of hubris to think that what we tweet, post, text, even yawp during a spirited Thanksgiving-table political debate is anything more than one person offering their opinion. And opinions have an agreeable fragrance while dining on them if they confirm our suppositions…on the other hand opinions (mine included) are akin to the purpose of one spot on the human anatomy…most everyone has got one and it’s used to excrete the stuff we digest. What we digest suggests the nature and intensity of what is now an odor. Isn’t there a parallel with what our mind takes in… and to be well informed means my opinions will change though the fragrance of my thinking may find its greatest acceptance in a privy (toilet).
To engage in discourse – shout or communicate your thoughts, and tweet to your heart’s content, but it’s ludicrous to have a difference of opinion come between people, muck around with history, or halt us from giving someone there due.
In the just-released HBO celebration, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” special, the author of Harry P., J. K. Rowling, is almost all but absent. As you may be or may not have read, heard, or even have an opinion about, Rowling came under fire from a 2020 essay she wrote on “gender ideology” and “women’s rights,” for what many consider anti-transgender opinions. Just like Dave Chappelle did even more recently from a Netflix special, and Dr. Jordan Peterson has endured, wrongly or rightly. Thomas Jefferson had a few thoughts about opinions being confronted with reason. Rowling being familiar with history said some stuff over this recent subject, and that stuff received the backlash.
To be fair to HBO, Rowling appears in the show, but across the two-hours she is absent from the celebration, save for some footage she allowed from a 2019 interview and the occasional reference to “Jo,” from the series’ actors.
It was supposedly Rowling’s choice to be in this show as much or as little as she is, but lest we forget, there is no Harry without J.K. Rowling.
I searched Rowling’s offending statements, but I can’t make hide nor hair of them. In my opinion, she seemed to be less attacking a community of people as she was making a specific statement about a biology related post not a gender identity. But far be it from me to be able to understand or build up the desire to feed into the current cultural considerations and analysis. I’m a different kind of writer and musician; my care for anybody’s opinion, even my own, doesn’t ever rise to anything I need to be worried about during my day. I know opinions can excite and manipulate. But, saying that, I certainly won’t sever friendships, stop reading this author or a particular book, or alter my worldview over much of anything I ever hear or see.
I understand about opinions, what they are, where they come from, how much weight any of us should really put in them, and acceptance of another’s opinion is affected when it taps into reason and fact which in turn tends to further stimulate discourse.
In the Odyssey, Homer wrote, “different men enjoy different works.”
J.K. Rowling’s opinion, repellant or in line with yours, is still just an opinion. And if she has been excluded from appearing deeper in HBO’s celebration, or plucked herself out the show because of controversy, that, in my opinion, is just plain wrong.