woensdag 27 maart 2013

2013 What is freedom of speech and what are the limits of free speech?

Free speech and other concepts of 'freedom' as it currently exist is based on the neoliberalist Capitalistic view/ideology where basically you are respected in your 'freedom' to pursue your own interests - with a minimal of governmental or judiciary interference --- yet, within this, with the human being not living/existing based on principle, inner morality or integrity (as religion has also been separated from interfering in public institutions and education) and with a system that only feeds and supports the 'consumer/greed'- and 'survival of the fittest/competitive'-mentality in every way - there is much abuse going on within this allowed 'free speech' (just go through the comment threads below video's on Youtube and see for yourself).

So, what the human has learned in our system of protecting self interest above all - is that you do not have to take responsibility or accountability for your words and that you can pretty much get away with anything  that isn't downright violent. The problem with this is that we do not realize how the words we speak shape the world/reality we live in - and that, if we do not speak and express ourselves from a starting point of 'principle' (>considering another being as oneself) and integrity -- we are basically unconsciously shaping, creating and allowing a system/world of lies, deceit and abuse.

The solution here is not to go back to censorship and control - but to ensure that the human beings that we bring into this world, are educated properly to take responsibility for the consequences of their words and action and stand as inherently respectful beings --- only then does such a thing as 'freedom of speech' make sense. This thus means that we'd have to change our economic principles from the 'protection of self-interest' to 'the protection of all life equally' and create a system that is based on the principle of considering another as oneself.

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