One of the things that I hate most about being online & modern mediums of communication is that everyone seems to think that they are free to speak out and say out whatever they want. Self-restraint is non-existent because individualism takes centre stage. The worst part is that the internet gives everybody license to mouth off under the cover of anonymity.
In our pursuit to express our individuality we forget that we influencers have a responsibility in what they say and do; which in my opinion includes knowing how far to go to express oneself. Freedom of expression does not leave you free of the responsibility of what your message does to your listeners. The worst part is that sometimes we applaud these “voices” because we want to be “entertained” in a world that is increasingly becoming gray rather than black & white. Post modernism has caused more trouble than it has freed us. In wanting everyone to be heard we have lost out on values and acknowledging what is right & what is wrong.
A colleague got me to thinking about this through one of her tweets about censorship which get me to thinking. Are we truly able to self-censor ourselves when it comes to picking and choosing movies, etc. I must say that the media is filled with lots of unhelpful messages and that includes stuff like pornography, etc. Humanity at its core can be downright rotten and I don’t believe that we are able to be “good” people on our own (there is an answer to this but it’s not found within humanity). If we were “good”, I think the world would be a kumbayah place where everyone is happy & contented. No hunger. No poverty. No pain.
The sad fact is we’re not. Whatever the best we can be is overshadowed by something that none of us are willing to acknowledge. I know the following is taken out of context but somehow it’s a statement that seems apt when it comes to exercising our freedom of speech.
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial.