“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter” George Washington. Freedom is a very important right, all people should have. But what exactly is the Freedom of speech?
It’s the right to say anything you want when you want to say it. It has a huge impact on your everyday life, and you use this right every day. However, we have two problems with the freedom of speech: the first problem is, that there are some countries, where you’re not allowed to say what you want. In countries like North Korea, you are not allowed to speak out your opinion, about every topic, which is a tremendous problem. The second disadvantage is, that if you’re abusing this right, in context of talking badly about someone, you are insulting this person, and by insulting I don´t mean telling somebody names, but racist comments and offending minorities badly.
However, if you are again too focused on being politically correct, you aren’t allowed to ask questions, because it’s offensive. So if you are not cautious, you will insult someone, even if that wasn’t your purpose. This is actually the biggest disadvantage: it´s too easy to abuse this right.
Great examples of overusing this right, are universities in the U.S., where you are only allowed to voice your opinion in special areas because you might insult a minority. This is not how freedom of speech should work. However it has to work without anybody insulting anyone, we live in the 21st Century it must be taken for granted, that we are accepting homosexuals without even thinking about it, we can‘t choose who we love, but we have accept minorities, no matter which ones, we should be able to talk about things we want, without getting stared at and we shouldn‘t be fighting against each other, instead we should all be helping each other if we are able to, and most importantly we have to respect, and accept each other, no matter whom.
We should have developed much further by now, humans are still as stupid as they were thousands of years ago. We are now able to talk, why shouldn‘t we argue, and find solutions, for problems we can‘t solve alone. By now we should have been able to lay down the weapons, and find solutions. But this will probably need another thousand years of evolution to be reality.
Add.: As everywhere freedom of speech has exeptions too, according to my opinion. For example we shouldn’t make fun of the Holocaust, and the victims of wars, that’s ferocious. Another exception (in my opinion) would be natural catastrophies, where hundreds of people died. Contrary to these exeptions, you should be allowed to make jokes about religion, if no person you are telling it, is offended by your joke. If so, you maybe should appologize, but there musn’t be a revenge (Charlie Hebdo). If you are not sure wether to tell it or not, keep it to yourself.
Especially in Austria, where I live, the people are quite calm regarding opinions, they do not share, although you shouldn´t make jokes about the holocaust(not a good idea in austria).