Anonymous asked:Random question: Whats your opinion about freedom of speech? Do you think that there should be limits? Ajejeje
Well that depends on the context of course.
First and foremost, we should take into account WHERE we are given the circumstance that we will be using freedom of speech as justification for whatever we say.
If you are in the USA, knowing that it is coined a ‘free country’—people have individualistic mindsets such that one minds his own business and leaves another to his, then by all means there are practically no limits in this context.
On the other hand, utilization of freedom of speech as a justification in more conservative countries such as the Philippines, and perhaps even India, is formed with more limiting factors such as dominant religious views, possibly political views, sensitivity to social class system and the like.
But considering that this method of seeking out different aspects of a society or community within a certain country might take a while to complete before you can even start speaking your mind, just take note that all these bases are built from Ethics (no not Aristotle’s ethics, alone). You can look this up or read Aristotle’s Nicomachaean Ethics trans. by Terence Irwin, it’s quite helpful in trying to understand the virtues and vices within a society #ShamelessPlug.
Going back, I would say ethics is the most valuable since it is the root of all our limitations in speaking our minds. We must carefully tread the words we use, how we form them into sentences and what we are trying to convey to an audience because one great speech can spell life or death—remember, a single sentence can begin a war.
I am not removing one’s right to speak freely, but we must be careful what we say is in the pattern of THINK. Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind. With these in mind, I think you will do well to say something that speaks your mind but at the same time involves a benefit to society, or even just a few others.
So, yes, there ARE necessary limits to freedom of speech. But those are more suggestions, insistence rather than commands. ;)