As I sit here wondering what to write about today, there is one topic that comes to mind and its something that has been in my thoughts for a while now. When I write my blogposts or have conversations, I sometimes feel like there are certain things I can’t write or say in case it may offend someone. That maybe it would be read and perceived in a way that it probably wasn’t intended. Am I too conscious and worried about being judged or are we living in a world where anything from a harmless throw away comment to a personal opinion can easily be mistaken for something far more than was ever intended.
I love that we now live in a world where voices are being heard (though not all) and that we don’t have to stand for injustice in the same way our ancestors did. I am thankful that my nephews get to live and grow up in a world where sexist attitudes are now no longer tolerated and that transgender people are getting the voice they rightfully deserve, that you can love who you want, regardless of what sex they are and that racism is NOT okay! Yes, there is still a lot to be done but we are getting there.
My concern is for freedom of speech, something we all have a right to. Having free speech has allowed us to make the headway that we have. I have a friend who’s personality can be a little, lets say, controversial at times. Not all the time but at times! Anyway he has opinions and I have mine, sometimes his opinions may seem strong to me and I may disagree with them but it’s the context in which they were said, that reveals the most to me. He, like myself and a lot of people don’t express their opinion with the intent to offend. But I feel like people in general, myself included are so on edge due to how aware we are regarding how easy it is to offend. And because of that notion we over edit ourselves, our beliefs and our opinions.
Freedom of speech opens the gate for self expression, conversation and friendly debates, which in turn can change ignorant and uneducated views. So I think it’s important to remember that as long as something isn’t said with the intent to cause upset or offend, then having and expressing a view is okay.
Even now, I am worried that this written piece won’t come across in the way I would like. At the end of the day some people will perceive things the way they want to perceive them and that cant be controlled. I know that it comes from a true place and that’s what counts.
If you’ve taken the time to read this, then feel free to let me know your thoughts.
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