Before you knee-jerk yourself into the murky world of opinionville, you should always ask yourself the following questions. And even if you still feel compelled to base your opinion a certain way and share it with others, try to at least temper the level of enthusiasm using this guideline.

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1. In the grand scheme of existence and life, does this reaction I’m going to have really matter?

2. Is it really about something that I myself am directly involved with?

3. Is the reacton I’m about to have associated with something I have any real and provable chance of influencing?

4. If I opted out of the debate and remain quiet or uninvolved, will it directly cause things to get worse?

5. Are there any free doughnuts involved?

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