This thought has been nagging at me all week. So I just thought, why not post it up on my Imagination Igloo? You’ve probably seen lots of comments and things on the Internet that say society’s been really bad nowadays. Let’s dissect it to see why.
Freedom of speech
Most of us have been blessed (sometimes cursed) with living in a country that allows freedom of speech, especially Americans. Freedom of speech means that anyone can say what he or she needs to say; the other people must be respectful of that person’s opinion. Usually this isn’t the case:
Person A: I LOVE California Pizza Kitchen! The pizzas there are so awesome.
Person B: I prefer Papa John’s. The pizzas at CPK are a bit too tough on my teeth.
Other people: YOU GUYS ARE PERVERTS! AMECI’S IS MUCH BETTER! HOW THE HELL DID YOU EVER COME TO LIKE THE STUPID CPK OR PAPA JOHN’S!?
Person A had as much right as to blurt out an ode of their love of CPK; and while Person B didn’t agree, Person B was respectful. But what if someone is saying something that is potentially threatening? Such as if some guy strolled into the bar and sang in a Southern-accented voice, “I’d like to build the world a bar and furnish it with beer. Raise children here and train them to be alcoholic dweebs. I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect dissonance. Blow up the world with nuclear guns and rape the survivors. That’s the song I sing. I’ll let the world sing today. A song of war and brainwashing that’ll never go away.” Remember, freedom of speech, right? We know there is freedom of speech, but how do we handle this guy? Kill him off? Send him to rehab and ignore the parody of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”? So, just how far can freedom of speech go? As humans, we must use critical thinking in considering just what can come out of people’s mouths–and what deserves to stay inside in the rolling restrictions of the brain.
Most people say that all humans are created equal and it should stay the same for a long time. This value in society has been revised and revised for a long time to belt out more of its true meaning. However, the same people say that children must respect authority, as in, obey people older or higher in rank at all times. This can be very confusing for kids and teenagers. So what is equality when applied to society?