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Opinion consensus Fri, Jun 08, 2012
Movie critics who make top-ten lists of the greatest movies of all time consistently agree with other movie critics making those same lists.  Citizen Kane, The Godfather, etc. are always at the top of the list.  Knowledgeable people generally agree on the value of things.  But I find myself disagreeing with these people.  My opinion contradicts the consensus, which makes me feel like I'm in the wrong, because it would seem that at some point an opinion becomes as close to a fact as possible while still remaining an opinion.  Even if you disagree with the opinion, you can often look at something objectively and conclude, yes, this piece of art is objectively good and objectively valuable and, while I don't personally like it, I can understand how other people can like it.  (And of course, this is the same for music, books, etc.)  I try to make my opinion match the consensus, but that's a failed endeavor.  I can't convince myself to like Moby Dick, Casablanca, Bruce Springsteen, no matter how thoroughly I expose myself to them.  Either my opinion is wrong, or the consensus doesn't apply to me. #psychology