Hello and welcome to the opinions section. My name is Elisha and I will be your guide. I’ve
been opinions editor here at the Express for just a couple weeks now and I think I’m doing
just swell so far. I have yet to receive my first piece of hate mail and nothing has
spontaneously combusted (yet).
A (very) brief intro to me- I am right on the cusp of turning 21 (birthday presents can be sent
to the Express HQ) and entering my penultimate year of the Law degree here in UCC.
Hobbies include: writing (duh!), art, hiking, dancing, telling people I do Law, dismantling the
patriarchy and being right all the time (that last one, however, does get quite exhausting).
Formalities aside, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to submit to me your sweet
sweet opinions, however scathing they may be. I want to hear your opinion on anything
(seriously anything at all): the climate crisis, celebrity couplings, ice cream flavours,
international relations or the colour of your mam’s new car. If you have an opinion on it, I
will publish it!
In this day and age, your opinion is one of the most valuable things you have. It holds more
power than you know. It influences boardroom decisions about what kind of stuff gets made,
it can make up the single vote that gets your preferred councillor elected, it can challenge
centuries-old traditions and bring about change, it can provoke, it can divide and it can make
or break someone’s day. Your opinion matters. And whether or not it’s something that I
personally agree with I want to hear it.
Today’s social media and campus “safe spaces” means you never have to even so much as
view an opinion different to your own. It’s become all too easy to simply shut people out if
we don’t agree with them. This is not the kind of world I want to live in. Guys, this is why
old people are calling us snowflakes. We need to stop retreating from any differing opinions
and confront them head on. Only ever being exposed to opinions you agree with may be
easier, but it gives you a much narrower experience of the world. Actively listening to
someone is such an important force in bringing about change. Remember when we were all
forced to read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in Junior Cert and we all hated it? Well there’s this
quote from it that I’ll always remember -“You never really understand a person until you
consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
You don’t have to agree with someone’s opinion but you should try understand where they’re
coming from. A little bit of understanding can go a long way. Listening to someone who
thinks a little differently to you or reading something you disagree with will only broaden
your horizons and who knows? You may learn something.
Any questions, queries, cries of indignation and above all, opinion pieces: email-
I look forward to hearing from you soon 🙂