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TOPIC: Free Speech is Offensive...So What?

Free Speech is Offensive...So What? 29 May 2016 15:05 #9957

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“Political correctness is the oppression of our intellectual movement so that nobody says anything anymore in case somebody else gets offended.” This was the starting point that a comedian began with to start his act. He believes that people should use their right to free speech and say whatever they want, even if what they say is offensive. He says that nothing happens when people get offended. He does not believe it is a big deal when someone does feel offended and that they should be an adult and move on. He made fun of people who think that they can live in a democracy and never be offended.

I spoke to a friend of mine from the Middle East who explained how surprised he was when there were girls who were rude to him in the United States and how there were no consequences for them. He told me that where he was from, those girls would not be allowed to say the rude things that they said. He believed that free speech was not always a good thing because it leads to people being comfortable saying things that may be mean and offensive. This was interesting to hear, as I had never met someone who was partially against free speech.

No matter what, people who do not share your same opinion might take offense to what you say. This is normal and sharing your opinion should not be avoided because of this. Of course, there are ways to express yourself where you can get your idea across and at the same time, still be respectful. I feel fortunate to live in a democracy where free speech is a right and I take advantage of this right. I try to express my opinion in a respectful manner, but even though I may think I am being respectful, people can still take offense. We live in a world where people have different beliefs and experiences, and this is surely going to clash at some points, but can also result in progress and understanding.

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