I like colours. Different colours. Black, red, green, blue, purple, the list is long but in general I’m not confined to just certain colours. I like variety in my life and there’s many things that I prefer seeing in different colours (cars, food, houses, clothes, art, music, movies etc). Bright colours especially, are cool.
There is however an area in my life where only two colours are allowed and those are black and white. That area is Morality. When it comes to morality there is no room for other colours, no room for mixing them up or anything like that. If you fall into that trap then unfortunately you will find yourself in trouble on many occasions and there is a very good chance you will confuse yourself in the process. Allow me to explain this and more specifically the title I gave to this post.
One of the things that I find myself often talking about is the issue of Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Speech is a subject that pops up very often, in the news, the media and in everyday conversation. It’s a basic and important human right which unfortunately is being violated in many countries and cultures. Men and Women of different religions, different political backgrounds, different sexual preferences are being suppressed in many places around the world and this basic human right they have is being denied to them. We often refer to the people who suppress this right as Dictators running a regime of dictatorship.
Personally I am all for Freedom of Speech. I love honesty and honesty can only be expressed through Freedom of Speech. You can truly and honestly express yourself only when you are free to do so, not when you have the threat of jail, torture, penalties and in some cases even execution, looming around you, confining you and your thoughts in your mind. Words, not actions, words are penalised and this is my problem. If you seek to punish someone with some kind of action or law for just saying something then effectively you are a dictator. That is the action of a dictatorship.
To relate a bit more to the title above I will give you an example. Racism is an issue that has been going on for centuries and it will keep going on, possibly always. You will always get people who will be stupid enough to judge someone based simply on their colour skin, religion or any other factor apart from their actions. Lack of education and other factors are to blame. In many western countries different measures are being put into place to fight racism. In most of these countries one would say the systems there are more democratic and open than other places where the opposite is happening. Some of these measures however are the type of measures a dictatorship would use and instead of solving the problem, only end up doing it worst. In the UK for example you can end up in prison just by saying something on twitter like this guy. Another example is this woman. Both of them have one thing in common. They are both disgusting and have no place in the world we live in. Like I mentioned earlier in the post, people who judge a person based purely on their colour and anything else apart from their actions, then they definitely lack intelligence to put it mildly. I purely despise racist people. However if I was to applaud or ask for their punishment just like many people did, then I would be no different from a dictator.
Punishing people for their words only, is an act of dictatorship, as simple as that. I hate racists but even them, unfortunately, have the right to freedom of speech. As long as they keep it within their speech then they have the right to say what they want. If that woman on the train suddenly took out a white mask and a baseball bat and made a move towards those people then by no means not only jail her, you have the right to crush her if that will protect your life. Your life though is not threatened by words. Saying and doing are two very, very, very different things. If we are going to put people in prison for saying things then half the population, if not more, would be in prison, depending who’s in charge of the government and what their preferences are. I’m fine with rules, If you want to have rules like that, but you must apply it to the letter with NO exceptions and that would mean putting half of the rappers in prison for using the ”N” word. If you don’t follow the rule then you will only create more racism. If someone hates me I would rather know about it straight away than get knifed behind my back from the person that was pretending to be my friend. This is the type of people, that laws like this create. People that wear masks and go under the radar and then attack you when you least expect it and when no one is watching. Either way I will still be against that or any rule that limits freedom of speech. Racism is just one part of it though and there’s many areas in life where freedom of speech is violated.
We are living in a world where suddenly words are the enemies and words are misused constantly. We have learned to hear the word extremist and immediately assume that a person described as an extremist, is a bad person. As if extremism as a word is bad. What if that person is an extremist philanthropist?? Either way, words are words, actions are actions. You cannot claim you want or you fight for freedom of speech yet take it away from someone else. When you take someone’s else right then immediately you give up yours as well. You either on one side or the other. This is a black and white zone in morality, there’s no grey. Please fight and keep it that way for the sake of us all.