`` Freedom Of Speech `` Essay

1464 Words May 11th, 2016 null Page
“Freedom of speech”. This contentious combination of scribbled visuals and vertebrate vocalizations varying throughout globalized groups of grown gorillas has been an agent of domestic conflict in contemporary countries since the Enlightenment Era. The definition is clear and yet, the interpretations are blurred. A sheltered college freshman enslaved to supposed honor will proclaim themselves to be the great progressive defender of the disenfranchised and demand that the rights of their fellow human beings be wrongfully censored and stripped away in order for the oppressed to feel secure – despite many would-be silenced individuals having played no part in the social persecution of the suppressed. For the eagerly righteous, such a mass weaponization of language is nothing more than an extension of prohibiting “Fire!” from falsely being yelled in a crowded room. The pseudo-constitutionalist on the other hand, focused on self-pleasure and misinterpreting historical documents, will incorrectly retort that a bigot’s words must neither be questioned nor criticized in any manner, let alone be touched by censorship. For it is apparently the law of the great American Constitution that the words of the intolerant few be passively tolerated by the many. Guided by Aristotle’s path of virtue, however, a character of true integrity rises above such a moronic dichotomy, choosing not to censor their ideological rival, but rather, debate them instead -- as they hold their values with such…

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