Freedom of Speech is Freedom to be Human

What does freedom of speech means to me?

It simply means I’m allowed to be human.
I’m allowed to communicate with other humans.
I’m allowed to share ideas, even if they’re unpopular.
Most importantly, I’m allowed to be challenged.

What it doesn’t mean is, I get to cite calls of violence to another person, silence them or physically harm them.

When we express our freedom to speech, we make an unspoken contract with one another.
These are just ideas, they’re my ideas, you can agree or disagree with them and you are entitled to put forward your ideas and then we can have a discussion about it and at no time are we to get physical.

Freedom of speech does not need to take your emotions into account, you are free to feel outrage at someone’s idea.
That is called freedom of expression. What you can now do with this new found passion is either listen to the speaker and analyze what they’re saying then come to your own conclusion if they aren’t credible, present your argument, if they are then you can concede and recant your misinformation or not but do note when you to spread your bad ideas, others are free to challenge you.

This is what we call the “Free Market of Ideas”.
Good ideas thrive and gets spread, bad ideas die and are forgotten.
When all you have is people who agree with you, that is what is called an Echo Chamber.

When Governments are composed of a single party in parliament that is not a Democracy it is an Echo Chamber.
Having an elite few deciding what is best for the majority… might work, if those elite few are benevolent and put others before themselves but how long will this last, as long as it works in your lifetime you should be happy with it right?

That is highly selfish though, think of the future generations after you.
We share ideas to progress humanity, as humans, the progression of humanity is our duty.
Just as it is the duty of the government to defend our rights and protect them from those who wish to restrict or revoke them from us.

Freedom of Speech is an inalienable right to all humans, for without speech, expressions or a means of communication with one another what are we?

Peace!

“‘When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say” – Tyrion Lannister

Petition:
Release Amos Yee

http://tinyurl.com/ojzvxvr

 

The Singaporean is free from thought

The recent events that transpired to the arrest of a teenager, Amos Yee, exercising his freedom of speech in his video where he expressed disdain towards the late LKY has really disheartened my faith in Singaporeans.

No, I’m not upset about his video wherein he criticized the late LKY. No person, ideology or Religion is immune from criticism. It was the vitriol of the messages left by Singaporeans on his youtube comments and in his twitter feeds, one Member of Parliament even threatened to maim his penis and put it in his mouth, hardly fitting for a grown man of such position in society, don’t you think?

Ironic isn’t it? Where they leave the death threats, the threats to violence and homophobic remarks, he is the one arrested for simply criticizing 2 dead men.

Alas I cannot hold it against these Singaporeans who cited calls to violence. The freedom of speech and expression is an alien concept to them. They do not understand that speaking an idea does not entitle you to call onto violence onto another human being.

Singaporeans are trained from a young age to go with the flow, questions and curiosity are not entertained.
Creativity is stifled, emphasis is placed on materialism and survivalism rather than living and pursuit of happiness.

What I mean is, take America for example, on the topic of evolution, a scientific fact, 1 in 3 Americans have the opinion to deny it, a Singaporean, wouldn’t even have an opinion, in Singapore, the government would make up the opinion for you, like the public opinion of capital punishment.

Singaporeans have a lot of growing up to do now that their founding father has passed away, my condolences to all of you mourning the loss but I hope you will mature and start thinking independently for yourself.

Peace!

“Figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has. Use that freedom. Make up your own mind” – Lt Jean Razak

Petition:
Release Amos Yee

http://tinyurl.com/ojzvxvr

Sources:
Grass Roots Leader Threatens to Maim Amos
http://therealsingapore.com/content/dear-trs-pap-grassroots-leader-said-amos-yees-dck-should-be-cut
American’s polled on Evolution
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/us-usa-poll-evolution-idUSBRE9BT0LC20131230
Singaporeans on mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ojyYrzrLc Law students on the death penalty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZalXPtvJEg4 To be fair, there are quite a few who oppose the death penalty.
However according to wiki, 95% support the death penalty and think it should stay.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Singapore