Freedom Symbol of Expression

This picture speaks volumes.
This picture speaks volumes.
The flip side.
The flip side.
A willing participant willing to die for other peoples right to express themselves.
A willing participant willing to die for other peoples right to express themselves.
Symbol of Freedom of Expression Activists.
Symbol of Freedom of Expression Activists.

Freedom of Expression

Expressions can be made through a multitude of varying avenues. People are born with the basic human right of expression. Even when freedoms appear to be suppressed by a form of tyrannical leadership of some sort, it is not easy to hush a crying baby. And..., as we all know too well, babies express themselves through crying, at any time they feel like it. Whether you would like them to shut up or not. By the time babies grow up to be small children, they soon learn to add kicking and head tosses in with the wailing, which nowadays is called a temper tantrum.

When teenagers decide to exercise their basic human right of expression, a whole new type of earthquake takes place, and interesting words come spewing out of their naughty, little mouths, as if they had just swallowed the remnants of an erupting volcano. Animals are not so different than teenagers really, when they need to get somebody's attention. I have three cats in my house. If one of my cats doesn't like the way you're petting him, he'll bite your hand. I have one cat who potties on my pillow when she is mad at me. Needless to say, I have gone through several pillows to date.

A Walrus bull will sing love songs to a female it wants to mate with. The African lion likes to fight, claw, and bite at potential mates, when the mating scent lays upon the stiff African air. Birds peck and screech to scare off an intruder or to call a female bird in to nest with them. There are even some male birds out there, who conjure up the strangest dance routines and performances, in order to express their unique abilities.

People have the tendency to do the strangest things, when they feel the need to express themselves. Nobody will ever expressed love as notably as Van Gogh did though. He loved so deeply at one point, he cut off his own ear and sent it to his lover, as an expression of his endearment. William Shakespeare expressed himself through his dramas and comical satire. When Robert Frost felt the need of getting something off his chest, he wrote another epic poem or two.

President Barrack Obama's, 2008 presidential campaign, was ran entirely on the volatile hysteria of personal emotion. His campaign motto of change, could be heard around the world. His expression of hope and change in his campaign message, reinstated with millions of voters, touching on the importance of freely expressed ideas, which Americans hold so dear. Popes, pastors, or monks express themselves through the power of prayer and peaceful protests. When watching Buddhist monks in protest, it is their expression of brotherhood and companionship, which is the most represented.

As Americans, let us not ever forget, how precious our right to express ourselves is to each one of us. It is a powerful tool, and something to stand proud of. Not too many countries celebrate the freedoms, so many of us take for granted. Express yourself, and vote in the 2012 Presidential election.

Express Yourself

An Artistic Expression on voicing an expression.
An Artistic Expression on voicing an expression.

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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

Great information - freedom of expression is a two edged sword, dependent on who's on the other end.  Most people appreciate the freedom to express themselves but often times reject others freedom, particularly when it opposes their viewpoint.  I think people are too sensitive these days.

So what does freedom of expression mean to me?  Well, I appreciate the opportunity to express my viewpoints on hub in hope that people understand that's it's just a personal opinion.  

Thanks for sharing.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Hi jxb7076! Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your comment and feedback. I've read several of your hubs and I think you are an impressive writer.

I like it when people are allowed a chance to express their opinion. They are always welcomed in my corner.


Leta S 7 years ago

Hey, RK... You somewhat beat me to the punch here, :) (oh, well--my article will be more constitution/rights/explanatory, anyway). Did you see my own little tiff with Misha? I'd just seen what he was doing to you (and others) once too often. Guess they think they are 'monitoring.' Good job opening up something I think needs to be discussed on Hubpages.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

No Lita, I didn't.  What happened?  You know I don't understand Misha.  I don't understand why he has such a high hub score.  He has written only 16 hubs in the last two years.  I don't get that.  All he does is harass people who aren't in his fan club.  He flirts and rambles, yet he has a higher score than most of the hubbers whom really work on hubs.  I don't get that.  I don't.  And then what I really don't understand is how he gets by with the way he behaves.  But I would love to hear what happened.  Thanks for stopping by Lita.  I would love to read your hub on this subject.  I hope you continue to write it.


Leta S 7 years ago

Well, I just noticed it got so bad, a couple topics were shut down, sooo....sigh:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/13010?page=2#post1...

Yeah, I don't understand the hubscore, either, really. It doesn't seem to relect seriousness, but then, some people are not here for that, and that's OK, too. He needs to leave those who are 'serious' or political or what have you, be, though. He probably isn't happy with me, after that--but what can you do?


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Another great article! I'm impressed. =)

My thoughts on "freedom of expression" is....I may not like it, I may not agree with it, I may not want to watch or listen or look at it...but I believe in your right to do it. As long as it harms no one physically. 'cause mental scars build character ;) (<--sarcasm!)


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

GeneriqueMedia, I like a dry sense of humor!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Great stuff RKHenry and so much the need of the hour. For me, freedom of expression would be to live and let live, without that freedom degenerating into license.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

LOL Shalini Kagal! I can sometimes agree with the let live senerio, until a bad soul crosses my way. I'm young and I'm trying to learn to just let dead dogs lie. But sometimes, it is very hard for me to not express myself. Thanks for stopping by! I greatly appreciate the feedback.

Lita, I just opened the thread back up by the way. Thank you for being a person with GREAT personal integrity!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Ahhhh RKH - comes with age - though even today, I will speak out against deception.

When I was young I would have done exactly what you do :D


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

And look, even Shalini has shown personal integrity here too! ;)

Yeah, I'm all out of stuff to say. Hey look--a bunny!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Excellent way of looking at this topic RK. Love the photos and so many good points you make. Points that don't merely encompase humankind and political issues.

To me, freedom of expression means to be able to feel things with all my senses and then to release those feelings and thoughts about those feelings without repression and without repressing.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Freedom of expression to me is doing things my way even if I am marching to a very different drummer!


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

Thanks RK - I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs!


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Great hub and lovely pix. As someone said- your freedom ends where my nose begins.

Freedom ends when it begins to encroach upon the rights of others


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Quilligrapher 7 years ago from New York

To understand Misha's hub scores, check his comments count.  He drops one sentence comments everywhere. 

A lot of good points, RK. 

Q.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

FABULOUS!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this a rewarding hub!  I loved what each of you had to say. 

Quilligrapher, you know I never thought of that about Misha's score.  dianacharles, great perspective on the encroaching of an other person's rights, John my man- you're welcome to express yourself anytime.  Having a bad, need someone to rant too, I'm here.  My comment section is all yours.  Feline Prophet, I love your avatar.  I liked what you said marching to your beat, in cadence with an odd ball drummer.  I like that you go with the flow, but still..........  nothing is gettin pass you.  Frieda- when I get over loaded, I'll shout for a release.  It feels so right.  Like in that Rocky movie.  Looking down them steps, looking back to what you've accomplish and allowing that happiness, thrill, excitement to release itself out is terrific.  GeneriqueMedia, I got your email last night.  I'll email you back soon.  Thanks for the heads up and I'll be checking out that stuff.  Thanks again for your help!!

Thanks again everyone, I'm so thrilled you all commented and stopped by! Rolan


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codexehow 7 years ago

Interesting hub!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Some people write only a few hubs, but they have picked a good niche to write about and will get good traffic. Other people can write a hundred hubs and not get as much traffic. It all depends on the key words you are using and if you are promoting your writing. The search engines will find you, but if you do not have your own website to promote your writing, or if you are not social networking you cannot get the backlinks needed to get your hubs higher in the search engines.


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Everyday Miracles 7 years ago from Indiana, USA

You are one of the most *interesting* people on Hubpages. I can't emphasize the word right. Emphasis on "ing." There are some very interested (emphasis on "ed") people here, with a lot of variety in the things that catch their fancy, but it seems as though everything that interests you is a passion.

I wonder though how you chose your college major -- I find myself more and more interested in history, so that's not my "point." It just seems as though it would be hard to narrow it down!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Freedom of Expression enables me to be a leader and express whatever I feel on paper and to others. I am a leader not a follower therefore I will always strive to be heard in a strong, cordial way.:)


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nomoretrucks 6 years ago from scotland

Hi RKH, Its a privilege to be able to read your open minded points of view, and the way you put it. The hubs you write make me realise being a non-conformist is ok and doing things out of the norm is ok. I learn something every time from your hubs. They are also written clear enough for people like me with basic academic abilities to enjoy, as well as the deeper thinking people. You are intellectually 'kind' for all.

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