Wednesday, October 26, 2016
When is free speech not free?
(H3) If you don't know much about me, I'm big on the mentality of if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide and if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. The former applies to my view on privacy. I really don't care about privacy when it comes to the idea of "government infringement." If someone, big brother, wants to look through my life and personal information, by all means have at it; they will be thoroughly bored with the information they find. As to the latter statement about saying nothing, I think this applies directly to the free speech debate I attended. I am very thankful for my right to say anything I want or feel, whenever and wherever I want. However, just because I can doesn’t mean I should. That’s how I feel about hate speech. Just because someone has the right to say whatever they want doesn’t mean they should. In my opinion, if you are taking the time to voice your opinion to the public, take the time to formulate a decisive and thought-provoking argument. There is a tactful way to say things and support your ideas. If you have to resort to hate speech, calling people names or being simply rude, perhaps you don't have enough evidence to back up your argument. Not many citizens, in different countries, get the freedom to speak their mind, especially in opposition to the central government. Take advantage of the fact that you can speak your mind, but also remember to exercise restraint and formulate informative responses. If you want to change the world with your words, make your words matter.