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Freedom Of Speech

November 6th, 2009 by Will Nesbitt Leave a comment Go to comments

Freedom of Speech…it’s not just saying whatever is on your mind whenever you feel it to be necessary.  It’s saying whatever is in your heart with MEANING, RESPECT, and for the BENEFIT of all who hear (not just you).  While it is true that you have the right to speak as you wish, you also have the right to remain silent as well. It’s more about knowing when to do one and not the other.

There are people who mistakenly believe freedom is lack of control…as though they are free from restraint.  But everything requires a certain degree of ORDER…even freedom.  Freedom is not without responsibility.  In fact, responsibility is an important element of freedom because you bear the authority to choose your thoughts and words which shape your life and affects others.  So, it’s important to be careful that in exercising your freedom that you’re not violating the freedom of others.

Don’t speak your mind just to prove you aren’t afraid to do so or just because you can.  Speak because doing so actually contributes to helping the purpose.  Otherwise, you only defeat it.  Let your words be the melody to the harmony of purpose.  Otherwise, it’s just noise.

Remember, “wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.”


  1. Angela Antley
    November 17th, 2009 at 19:07 | #1

    Love this post Will. Wish people would really practice this!

  2. November 24th, 2009 at 17:01 | #2

    Ah, reminds me about James 3. I often have to revisit that passage about controlling the tongue, but I’m doing better.

    People often confuse “freedom of speech” with saying anything, as you mentioned. But I like the way Common put it in a song he did with The Roots where he says, “Some people got ignorance confused with bein’ street.”

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