15
Jan

the edge of freedom of expression


Freedom of Speech is indivisible.

Being indivisible is the only way individual speech can be totally free.

No exceptions or justifications can be made otherwise, speech won’t be free.

In the United States, one of our fundamental rights includes freedom of speech.

It is guranteed by our Constution in the First Amendment.

An amendment that was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the 10 amendments that make up our Bill of Rights.

In the US, I can freely express my opinion, even if you don’t like it or disgree with it.

In the US, you cannot force your opinion on me.

In the US, you cannot kill me or try to enslave me if I disagree with you, or justify such behaviour based on some other teaching.

The 1st Amendment also includes your freedom to practice your own religion and my freedom from having you or the government to try force a religion upon me.

So what is your edge of freedom of expression?

Can you listen calmly to people different than yourself?

Can you listen calmly to someone who says something that is outside your belief system?

Can you express your opinion to others without being fearful of what they may say or do to you?

My good friend Collete Baron-Reid did a very interesting blog post on the fears associated with freedom of expression.

What is your edge of risking the fear?

I am really, Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.