Hello, readers! How are you all? Well, I hope!
Today I come here today to talk to you all a little about the things that go on in my mind. Business as usual, I could say.
Today’s theme is: freedom of speech.
Why am I talking about it today? Well, basically because it crossed my mind a while ago, and I wrote it down at my ‘things I’ll eventually post about’ list.
I have no idea what even prompted me to think about it, but I decided I’d write about it anyway. Why not, right? It’s one more post tackled, and something worthy of a posting on a lazy Saturday night.
So, I see and hear a lot of people going on and on about freedom of speech every time someone else doesn’t like what they have to say, or any time there is what they see as policing their right to free speech in a controlled environment, such as being banned from a group or having a post deleted. And, interestingly enough, 99% of the time, it’s about their perceived right to engage in hate speech.
Well, I guess I should explain (keeping the legalese out of this post) what freedom of speech actually means:
It means you can’t be arrested by the government for stating your opinion.
That’s it. That’s literally all there is to it. Now, there’s a thing here. That is, if your opinion is not a crime. Aka, if you go around encouraging people to murder others? You might see yourself in a bit of a legal pickle there. Just saying.
What is not covered under freedom of speech:
- People agreeing with you (shocking, I know);
- People liking you – at all;
- People wanting your opinions stated in their personal space where those opinions are not welcome;
- Anything other than your legal right to say things.
Well, I guess that’s today’s post, everyone. Just a little PSA for those confused about whether or not their freedom of speech is being denied every time other people don’t take kindly to what they say.
All right, now that I have finished speaking, it’s your turn. Have you ever had to deal with someone with the wrong concept about free speech? Would you like to share your experience? I’d love to read about it in the comments!
And, if there’s anything you’d like to see my blabber on about, feel free to tell me! I’ll be happy to write about it in the future!
See you all on the next post!