What's the difference between freedom of speech versus being loose with one's tongue?
Where does one start and the other end? I ask this because many tend to justify a perspective they agree with regardless of how it's said. It's often reduced to the person having the freedom of speech to say what they want, as they please, and in the manner they see fit. I'll use an example.
Let's say I'm walking down the street and there's an old lady in front of me. She's walking slow and it becomes irksome to me. Do I have the right to call her obscene names, because she moves slowly? By the aforementioned logic, I have the right to say that, even disrespectfully.
disrespect is not the basis to restrict speech. During Vietnam there were many burning the US Flag, and saying F... the Flag or the Draft.
Disrespect has to do with being polite.Freedom of speech is restricted when it becomes a danger to others, like falsely yelling fire in a crowded theater. Or when a use of freedom to assemble is used to prevent the free speech of others. Like the Berkeley riots.
Do you have the right to say that? Sure. Do I think anyone will care what you think after saying it? I won't.
People think that because they have the freedom to do something that they can do so in whatever manner they see fit and in reality this is true BUT, let's say I'm the old lady. I will not likely pick up my pace when you speak to me that way. I will not care in the least what you're in a hurry for and will almost always slow down even more. Your words will fall on deaf ears and if such verbal abuse continues, I'll likely bust you in the head with my bag. SO, what did your freedom of speech get you?
Apply that same scenario to today's many events and think, does anyone (particularly the opposition) actually hear what people are saying when they speak this way? Do they feel like trying to work with that person to come up with a resolution or are they now immediately put in defense mode? Have you helped your cause in the least? In my humble opinion, no.
Freedom of speech was intended to allow people to have an opinion without being persecuted or censored which to me means edited, NOT be given a free pass to verbally assault anyone they feel.
Back to the old lady...I consider more the child standing down the way listening to someone berate the poor woman and how they are perceiving humanity. Have they learned something about freedom of speech or how to be a horrible human being?
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions” – Stephen R. Covey
Not knowing the consequences tends to keep people in check. You might call the old lady a name and she might shoot you!
One can call their boss an a-hole to his/her face but is it smart?
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