I’ve encountered a number of people saying that Freedom of Speech is non-existent. Why? Well, it’s because they say what’s in their minds and then they get told to ‘shut up’, are bashed and totally ignored.
Sometimes, it is quite unfair since we live in an age where freedom of speech is encouraged. We no longer live in the dark era of being unable or prevented to say our opinions about things.
But my dearest friends, do you know that Freedom of Speech also entails, like all forms of rights and freedom, a certain responsibility? If you were given the right and freedom to use a sword, would you wield it however you please and end up injuring people, while all the while claiming that it is your right and it is your freedom to use it?
The concept with expression is the same.
We have the right to say our opinions. Yes, sometimes it goes against what most people think. But that is what we think is right. And nobody can change that in you. It is your belief.
However, you also have the responsibility to choose your words carefully. A single harsh, careless and rude word can wound and destroy any person’s belief, thought, feeling and mood.
Knowing how to express what you believe, while trying to respect what others believe in, is truly a gift. It is a great kindness. And is therefore appreciated. We are civilized people. What we hold useless in our opinion, could mean so much to someone else. Selfishness and indifference is not an excuse. It is merely justifying what you call ‘freedom of speech’, which is but a pale shadow and a mockery of the real essence of that right.
Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. The golden rule is as simple as that. I’m sure you wouldn’t like it if people did the same thing to you, right?
So please, my friends. Please.
Use your rights and your freedom carefully.
Just my two cents.
this is a GOOD post.
also i love how people who whine about being criticized for their opinions fail to account for the fact that all the people who tell them to shut up? Also are entitled to free speech. Just because you’re allowed to say things doesn’t mean people are required to appreciate, agree with, or approve of your opinion.
Freedom of Speech, specifically in America,
a) Refers to the GOVERNMENT, not individual people (or corporations)
b) Doesn’t outlaw censorship (stupid, but it is what it is)
I’m just putting this out there because a looooot of people, particularly from America, seem to forget this and think “Freedom of Speech” = “a right to say whatever the fuck I want regardless of it’s truth, it’s capability to harm, and without redress” , which is total fucking bullshit.
If there is a section on Freedom of Speech from any country that specifies any entities other than the government and/or outlaws censorship, I would love to be pointed to it, as it is my understanding that the above tends to be the case for most countries that have any such clause.