I read a piece awhile back which polled an exhaustive number of people and discovered that the majority of us believe we are above-average. Average of course being the mathematical mean; that which is neither in the majority nor minority. Ergo, were most of us truly above-average, that would be the average, and we would not be above it. If we then think we're above that average, and most of us do - then we've just raised the average again because of our numbers. Its a mathematical impossibility for most of us to be so. If where we think we are keeps adjusting where we actually are, nothing changes. What we think doesn't alter anything.
Which is why opinions fascinate me - they mean almost nothing. Our opinions are insignificant. The past decade I've been highly amused at those overly-simplistic polls on websites and news channels. The Yes/No option and then results of other's Yes/No option. Those don't actually change anything in the real world - its a collection and display of meaningless data. Most of them start with, "Do you think..." and then present a logical fallacy. In essence, by clicking either radio button you've already answered the question of whether you think or not by "answering" a logical fallacy despite what the remainder of the question may be; e.g. Do you think Charlie Sheen's recent antics will hurt his career? What you think is irrelevant. What those who disagree with you think is also irreverent. Both answers are irrelevant. You see, even if you're in the majority of your poll, what you think doesn't alter anything.
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