The phrase I’m entitled to my opinion needs to be stricken from discourse. Unless your use of opinion can reasonably be used as a synonym for preference, then it is simply not true. Let me provide an example:

If you are of the opinion that say—Oatmeal Raisin are the greatest of all cookies—then you and I disagree, clearly White Chocolate Chip Macadamia are greatest. Oatmeal Raisin is a perfectly acceptable cookie, but greatest? Sorry, no. I am however forced to concede that there is no objective measure for such things; As strongly as I might feel, I can’t establish empirically that White Chocolate Chip Macadamia are superior, and so I reluctantly accept that you are entitled to this belief. It’s like a peace treaty of sorts, you might be wrong, but I will begrudgingly validate your point of view since this is after all subjective (it’s your preference). Of course, it’s assumed that you will reciprocate.

If however you are of the opinion that the boiling point of water at one atmosphere is something other than 100C (212F), that the Apollo moon landings were faked, that the Earth is flat, or that COVID vaccines embed 5G receivers, then you most definitely are not entitled to jack shit. Neither I, nor anyone else can police your thoughts, you can believe whatever you wish to, but you aren’t entitled to. Thus it is not an offense in and of itself if others question your beliefs1, and no one one is obligated to provide you with validation.

  1. Respectfully, I hope; There is no need to be a dick. ↩︎