First of all, this is not an attack on anyone, but my view on freedom of speech.
There has been a lot of negativity and arguing today in the blogger and Twitter community, well discussions and things was very heated. I have tried to keep out of it because I don’t have thick enough skin. I have shown my support and that is all the strength I had to offer on the matter. I don’t intend to elaborate much about the issue that was on topic, it just revolved around freedom of speech, sexual objectification and some arguments around that.
All I can say is that everyone is entitled to have their own opinion on something, and I respect that. And that respect should go both ways. Agree to disagree! You don’t have to agree with other peoples opinions, and you can express your disagreement on another person’s opinions – BUT you have to respect the other persons views and come to terms that you can’t always convince the other party to agree with your opinion. You can try explain why you don’t agree, but at the same time respect that the other person don’t see things the same way as you.. I hope you understand where I am getting at here.
Often people seem to think that they are right, and the other side is wrong. I don’t think it’s that simple. It isn’t always black and white. We are all raised in different ways, with different views on things. We have all experiences different things. One person might see one thing as perfectly normal while the other person might be totally shocked about how that person views things. Different religions, countries, races, and even gender have all different views on things which is why it is so important to try and listen to each other and learn from each other rather then bickering, throwing dirt at each other.
We have all different experiences.
Experiences that has happened to one person, will shape and form that person, and that same thing might not have happened to the other person, which might make us react differently towards an issue. Always have that in the back of your mind when you are having an argument about a discussion so sensitive as sexual objectification, religion or any other heavy subjects. If you want to involve yourself in a conversation that heavy, be sure to understand what the conversation is about and have some constructive to say. That is very important.
One thing I see lacking on the internet is empathy, to often. If you don’t understand what that means, here is an explanation : Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes.
What I am trying to say is: Try to be empathetic – try to put yourself into other peoples shoes sometimes before you jump into conversations. Respect each other, and try to be nice. If you can’t, explain to the person that you don’t think you can agree and would like to agree to disagree and go your separate ways.
Remember, not all have the right for freedom of speech like we do. People get stoned and hung some parts of the world for saying or doing things we take for granted. Try to respect the fact that you are allowed this freedom, and try to appreciate it.
That was just me voicing an opinion on what freedom of speech is for me, nothing more, nothing less. Agree or don’t agree, that is your right!