Free speech doesn’t exist
‘Freedom of speech is the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, by any means. ‘ Freedom of speech and the right to freedom of expression applies to ideas of all kinds including those that may be deeply offensive.
But, is free speech truly free, or has it ever been? In our times, the avenues to express oneself have proliferated greatly, and one would think that this would have a great effect in advancing free speech, however, the opposite seems to be happening.
Free speech only seems to exist when you say what others that think like you want to hear. That has always been the case over the centuries, and as much as we try to sugar coat it, things are still the same today. Say what you like and someone will come after you. It could be the people, the press, or the police. On one hand you may get cancelled, on the other hand you may be arrested.
Fighting for free speech has become a classic case of animal farm. The ones that were supposed to protect the rest of the oppressed have now become a law to themselves and are becoming a new type of oppressor. People are going after other people, trolling them or accusing them of hate when they don’t agree with thier opinions. Respected journalists are branding people liars when they tell thier stories, or reporting in a way to stir up sentiments that appeal to a factional ideology.
In today’s world of ‘free speech’, you are at liberty to say what you choose and how you choose, but remember that everyone eventually becomes a prisoner of thier own words. Your words will always stand to justify or condemn you, so use your ability to speak freely very wisely.