Freedom of speech is an integral part of human rights. My opponents have rightly said that we cannot be free unless we are free to speak our minds. We cannot be free unless we are free to learn from others experiences and opinions. We cannot be free unless we are able to criticize politicians, policy makers and whatever is happening to us in different ways.
I fully agree that freedom of speech is important for a democratic society and it is now an integral part of our culture. Surely we have the press, media and the internet which are wide open like a blank canvas with us all using it for our expressions.
But there are a few questions we must ask ourselves about this freedom of speech...
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Freedom of speech is our right but we seem to forget that it is also our responsibility too.
And with great power comes great responsibility.
Freedom of speech is a double edged weapon, as much as it can be used for ‘freedom’ it can also be used to offend other people, it can incite hatred. It can confuse impressionable people and encourage then to be immoral or break laws.
Still my opponents feel that we need to fight to get more of it?
My dear friends—free speech does not occur in a vacuum – words affect people.
Speech expresses thought, yes. We might believe that if we are free to think we are also free to speak. However speech is closely related to action—shouting ‘there’s a fire’ in a movie theatre can bring about a stampede and cause harm!
We already have so much freedom of speech and it is affecting our society in so many controversial ways. Time does not allow me to go into detail about them all however I believe that in these times we are freer than ever, to express ourselves. But then there is fear that this kind of freedom may lead to not only controversial but extremely immoral dilemmas! There is a fear that in the name of freedom of speech things like child pornography and removal of censorship for minors might become legal.
And for those of you who think that could never happen, it has already begun. In Denmark the so called ‘free country’ pro-paedophilia groups are legal and active!
Would we fight to defend this!?
Consequently enough a Danish Philosopher called Soren Kierkagaard said this “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid”
I strongly feel that we have no need to fight to defend freedom of speech as we already have more than enough of it, more then we can carry.
Instead what we need to fight for is the education of the masses to realise how important it is to be responsible for our words and to think before we speak.
We should fight for people to be more critical of what they are offered in the name of freedom of speech.