You remember when you were a kid and you didn’t like vegetables? I do. It took a trip to an msg- and sugar-filled serving of (Americanized) Chinese broccoli for me to even consider the idea that maybe, just maybe, there was something to eating these little green morsels that didn’t come from a dead animal after all.
Now, science has attempted to come up with explanations as to why children don’t like vegetables. And, to be fair, a lot of them make sense. But if we’re being honest (and those who know me know that I am nothing if not honest) a lot of the reason I didn’t like vegetables as a kid had to do more with trying to fit in than what they actually tasted like. I refused to try them for a long time, because I had already made up my mind. And on those rare occasions where I did venture to put something plant-based into my mouth, my childhood pettiness and stubbornness prevented me from being honest with myself about the fact that maybe it wasn’t that bad after all.
This phenomenon is not limited to children and their greens. It’s very easy for people to rattle off long-winded rants about “disliking something” or “believing something is bad” without ever actually taking the time to look into that thing.
Take Candace Owens for example. Candace Owens is a conservative pundit and commentator who is great at rattling off strong opinions about things she knows nothing about. A couple of years ago, she took the time to sit down with Joe Rogan and proclaim her personal belief that climate change was a myth. She openly admitted to having never actually taken the time to look into what climate change actually was, and the overwhelming number of scientists who agree that it is, in fact, a real thing, choosing instead to assume that everyone in the scientific community is crooked. Not necessarily untrue per se, but still an incredibly thin reason to hold such a strong belief about something.
In music, the most prominent example of this is The Beatles. Everyone knows who John, Paul, George, and Ringo are. They are the top selling music act of all time. So of course, everybody has an opinion about them. And, to be fair, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard a single Beatles song. Everyone is at least familiar with “Yellow Submarine,” “Hey Jude,” “Eleanor Rigby,” or one of their other international superhits.
But more often than not, someone saying they don’t like The Beatles is merely an act of perceived defiance, a rebellion against the established norms that this band has influenced countless artists and deserves universal praise.
Except that they have, and they do. If not universal praise, they at least deserve to have their discography ventured into before being cast aside as “overrated” and “not good”. Their back catalogue is so vast and so far-reaching that there is literally something for everybody in there. Claiming a strong dislike or disrespect for The Beatles if you’ve only heard a few of their songs is like saying you don’t like cheese at all because you tried Kraft singles once and they made you sick.
That’s not to say that you have to like The Beatles. You don’t have to like anything, really. Music is subjective. And hey, there are plenty of well-known musicians who have no love for the fab four’s music. World famous record producer Quincy Jones once referred to them as “the worst musicians in the world.”
But you know what? Quincy Jones is not only a phenomenal and highly respected musician, but he actually worked with members of The Beatles. So whether or not you agree with his opinion, it comes from a place of firsthand experience.
This is how all opinions should be formulated; if you’ve never given something a chance, never looked into it, and have only a passing understanding of what it is or its history, you should not have a strong opinion about it any which way.
Thank you for your time.
Written by Syd Ghan
*Edited by Dominic Abate