Isn’t it wonderful that we can express ourselves freely? I, like you, think it is great that we can be free with one another, as it gives us a feeling of oneness with all things.
However, just as our freedom of speech can give us the feeling of oneness, it can also divide us. This is because our words are powerful. So powerful that they can build up or rip apart; and can leave a long-lasting negative impression of who we aren’t.
Shouldn’t we therefore thrive our free speech in a considerate manner? A manner that’s truly truthful if we’re truly trying to speak the truth. But in most cases, are we speaking the truth? Are we using our free speech in a healthy or destructive way? Are we sometimes caught up in our own hurts that we don’t realise that we are hurting other people?
If we are going to be using our freedom of speech to speak the truth, then what’s the truth? Is our truth based on any grounding at all, in which case, it is fair? Is our truth based on our bias, in which case, is not the truth? Truth and bias are not the same thing. Truth is based on evidence and fairness; bias on the other hand, is based on our own personal opinions, which makes our speech unfair.
The impact of free speech can be remarkably permanent. We should therefore use it in a manner that bring about positive change for us and for our society. Tearing ourselves apart is not the way to go. If we’ve been hurt deeply, it is okay for us to share our experiences so we can be free. Unfortunately, if in sharing our experiences, we attack a whole community for the wrong of some; we lose all empathy and only get apathy. No one ever want to be in a place where people stop being interested in them because of their bias. We all want to be heard, and be spoken to, and be made to feel fair in our outlook – not the other way around, as it deepens our hurts.
I am not saying lose your free speech. All I’m suggesting here is that we direct them more towards the right issues. Issues that create positivity and not further lead to disintegration and bitterness. If being hurt could create a monster in us; why do want to continue creating more monsters. And what happens when we all become monstrous in our views? Is this the world we want to see? Yet, we are continuing to trade, travel to explore and find survival in some cases. How would we be able to sustain them if we all continue to use our freedom of speech to attack one another?
Let’s therefore show consideration in our free speech and be respectful of one another. There are more important issues that would benefit from our free speech. We can either use our free speech as a powerful force to change those issues or continue to use our free speech to isolate us from the rest of the world, who feel differently.