I bet that there are quite a few raised eyebrows after reading the title above, but do bare with me. It seems that every idiot out there thinks that he/she has a microphone and that it is their duty to voice their opinion about everyone and everything. The sad thing is that so many of these opinions are so void of any intelectual content – and it seems like in these circumstances people try to compensate for that lack with aggression, rudeness, and name-calling. I am so tired of reading all the insulting and offensive comments on youtube, blogs, and forums. It doesn’t stop with just having an opinion, but very often goes farther becoming judgemental and rude. I do not understand how someone can say to another person, “You f***ing moron!” just because they have misspelled one word or made a simple grammatical error.
The only explaination I have for some people’s reactions on the internet is that they really just love to fight and argue, and in many of these cases people would call on their First Amendment right for their freedom to do so. And this is where we come back to the title off this blog post. I do not believe that the freedom of speech under the First Amendment gives anyone the right to be opinionative and rude – this does not apply to only the Americans but to every interent user.
Freedom of speech is not a right!! It is a privilege!
It is a privilege that was given to us by the hard work, suffering, and sacrifice of many people and generations before (and currently still), and I strongly doubt that the proposers of the Bill of Rights intended for it to be used as a justification for some people’s arguments and ill speech. I believe that the First Amendment today is to ensure that every person regardless of ethnic background, job title, religion, education, location, gender, or age has a voice. A voice to speak up for what is right, to speak against evil, to encourage one another, to educate and build each other up. While everyone might not always agree on everything, mutual respect should always be the cornerstone of our right to speak out for what we believe. Do not waste this privilege. Use it wisely and with care. Instead of blabbering out garbage, let your words carry value, because things that are valuable are treated with great respect.
For those who believe it is your right to have your say about anything and anyone in any way that you please…you think it is your right, but be careful that you don’t lose this pivilege. Under law you might retail your ability to free speech, but you might just find that no one is listening anymore!