Written in response to #FPQ
Do you feel that in today’s world — and perhaps in the part of the world in which you live — the freedom to articulate and express opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction is being threatened?Fandango
How often do we hear “Oh, You cant say that!” in relation to something we have said? I personally hear it a lot because I am an opinionated kind of person who often lacks filters at times, but the phrase always grates on me just the same; because I have never really understood the why behind the censorship.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t go round calling people the N word or being defamatory towards them but I often find that my opinions are slightly off center from those around me and it can land me entrenched in an argument just the same.
I believe it is the rise in this hyper sensitivity towards the words of others that is driving the creation of laws across the world. As the sensitivity increases we get more and more laws that dictate what we can and can not say. Soon we will live in a world where even our thoughts are policed for their wholesomeness towards others. Its madness.
I have recently experienced just this issue and have had the law thrown at me in an attempt to make me stop expressing myself how I see fit. It so happens that I wasn’t doing anything legally wrong, but the whole experience has knocked me and my confidence, and with it my ability to simply write what i feel without having to censor my work.
Just the threat of legal action was enough to wipe out my freedom of speech and I think it is likely the case for most other people too.