While I was listening some lectures from Jordan B. Peterson, once again, I stumbled upon his debate with Cathy Newman where they were arguing about woman rights and equality. “Why should your freedom of speech trump a trans person’s right not to be offended?” Newman asked. Peterson, ever the gentleman, answered the question without guffawing: “Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. I mean, look at the conversation we’re having right now. You’re certainly willing to risk offending me in the pursuit of truth. Why should you have the right to do that? It’s been rather uncomfortable.” Why I think the left are taking our basic human rights.
“Freedom of Speech is a Human Right, not an American Privilege.”
Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental laws that are governing democratic societies. Being the best version of yourself is mainly influenced by two factors: how you perceive yourself(which is super important!), and how others perceive you. All of us, by nature, are social creatures, so whenever you have a conversation with someone, you are giving your opinions and points of view on the topic that is discussed. Being always on guard that your thoughts may be offensive to someone is rather exhausting, and is the thing to be avoiding. To look for truth around yourself, to acquire new knowledge you must risk being offensive(and there is nothing wrong about that). Disagreeing with someone’s point of view is a sign of intelligence and the first step to learning new things. And there is NOTHING wrong with that.
Standing for free speech is not American. It is logical.
Being able to make yourself a thinker is a fundamental right of every human being. It is wrong to be censured for thinking out loud, just because someone might be offended. Freedom of speech is, believe it or not, much more important right, than the right of an individual to be offended. Historically, every society that did not allow it’s individuals the right to express themselves, has failed miserably. All the big humanity achievements came from the very few that were brave enough to ask questions, and brave enough to pursue the answers. If we don’t have that, we are giving one of the rights that are ensuring our liberty and freedom. People who are giving the world their thoughts, another way of thinking are being labeled as “alt-right”, as fascists, and much more. It is not right to violate someone’s freedom of speech just because we are offended by the way they think. We need to understand that the whole point of democratic and capitalist society is that we are making sure that our rights are respected. So, stating that freedom of speech is more important than anything else does not make you alt-right. It makes you rational and logical.
We can choose to speak and write words that demonstrate our understanding of things
Demonstrating your understanding of things is the only way to look for the truth. Debating, listening to other opinions even if you don’t agree with them is beneficial for intellectual progress. So, to rise intellectually, you need to express yourself and listen to others express themselves. Only that way, we can change ourselves and others.
Being able to grasp other people’s opinions is the skill that only a few people have. On the other side, having an opportunity to grasp other opinions is only possible if you actually hear what they are saying is to actually listen. The only way we can listen is to not take anything personally. Use your cool. Think straight and rational. Then, miracles are happening. Be articulate. Read a lot. Write essays and learn to organize your thoughts. Then you will be unstoppable and desirable. Express your speaking and thinking matter what anyone might say. That is the freedom that no one can take away from you.