Monday, February 04, 2013

On Freedom...And The Mind


FREEDOM...

1. There are so many times you can flog a dead horse. It did not hear you the first time.

2. You cannot change a person's mind. What they think is what they think. They make that choice.

3. Ah but it never stopped anyone from trying...Or thinking that because the wind blew in a particular direction, they won the toss.

4. When you take food out of a starving man's mouth, do you expect him not to dance to your tune?

5. No such thing as 'freedom of speech.' We like to think that there is (at least in the civilised world). There is no such thing). If there was, I could walk up to anyone, and inches from their face, tell them they are scum of the earth and expect to walk away just like that. We all know that may not happen. The person could be holding a knife (perhaps they just went shopping!), use it, claim provocation, and with a good lawyer might even get away with self defence!  The same reason paedophile sites are shut down and it's a crime to associate with those in any manner or form. Silent sharing or storing of child pornography is against the law in many countries. So you see, unrestricted Freedom of Speech...of extremely offensive posts on the issue of rape on the internet is not as civilised or as great as some of us would like to think. Rape is a crime, as is paedophilia. And yes, the slippery slope argument applies here.

6. Freedom of speech is the greatest PC con ever. It is possibly the biggest fallacy the world has ever known. It should be thrown in the bin; along with a lack of common sense. The point is: human beings from time immemorial know when to exercise certain freedoms. An unfortunate case in the past: Slavery. Current case: Terrorism. No freedoms there! We choose what works for us as a society and dump the rest. It's the same thing we do today. If anything has changed, it is that we have more choice than ever before to do what is right and abandon what is wrong. Because we say that from experience, we know better what harms us and what helps us and our communities grow.

Have a great week, people.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks Adura! Now I am convinced. *freedom of speech* There is no such thing. It never existed, and never may.

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  2. I think i have a crush on your brain :)

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    1. You are forever always having crushes. I taya for u sef

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    2. Lol. Thanks:)
      Atilola, you jealous? Let her crush oh:)

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  4. My Sapiosexual muse!

    Wink wink at earlier error!! Btw us

    When I first half read about a certain person's article on rape on Myne's page, my first thought was....is it legal to spout such nonsense's in the public arena. Isnt there a limit? But like you pointed out...it is a slippery slope.

    But in a way, I see the positive. It allows for debate. no matter how civilised/uncivilised, violent/peaceful. In the end, the superior argument stays and mostly it serves the common good. Amen.
    That was what happened with the Abolition law if you watched Lincoln. Same with female empowerment. Same that will happen with rape. Amen

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    1. Sapiosexual muse! I'm enjoying that so much o, Ginge!

      On debate: I can see your point. I do feel though that there are ways to open up debate without appearing to give the ignoramus among us some voice to cause more damage and suffering.

      I will be seeing Lincoln soon. Amen to the prayer that people are opening up to more awareness. We all carry that responsibility to make our communities safer for all of us, not just for those who have the physical strength to humiliate and subdue others.

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  5. I never saw the freedom of speech thing the way you put it, but I must say you are right.

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    1. Glad you see my point, Atilola. Five years ago, I would have been shocked to read what I wrote. It took some reflection on my part. But as you know, everyone has their views on these issues.

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  6. "No such thing as 'freedom of speech.'"

    Hmmm, Myles Munroe wrote that true freedom demands great responsibility, maturity.....wisdom & character and not a license to live without laws & accountability.

    The dictionary amongst its many definitions of freedom says it's the power to determine action without restraint.

    So, while freedom might be defined as being without restriction, because we are social being, it might be expedient for us to understand to mean responsibility of restraint.

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    1. *So, while freedom might be defined as being without restrictions, because we are social beings, it might be expedient for us to understand it to mean 'responsibility of restraint'.*

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  7. I totally agree with this post... There is actually no freedom to anything.

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