a reply to: misskat1
I don't think that is workable at all. The OP would have a manipulative power to shut down whatever is not going his/her way.
Free speech, hmmm. I am not sure what to make of this. Most of us would get pretty vexed if a rapist started describing what they had done. On that
basis totally uncensored free speech is not workable or desirable to that extent. We can as a resort ignore words we do not like and that is a tactic.
Words are different to actions. No matter how many negative words are used they have no power to directly physically harm. The worst they can do is
I am only too aware of the shortcomings of words by themselves. They are often hot air quite literally with no other significance than the muscle
movements in the larynx that formed them. Actions are a different matter. Actions definitively express intent beyond doubt (unless you have a good
). It is much easier to judicially approach actions than words alone. It is a mine field to go censoring verbal expression and the result
will be Orwellian and very undesirable.
Consider what we say when we are children, how casually we use words. In adulthood, too, we can say the most awful things to the people we love most
Personally, I am not a control freak. I value freedom of expression. I give a license to others that I do not give myself very often. I would not
exhibit myself nude in public as an art project, but if others do that I do not censor them.
I know it is very childish, but there is much wisdom in this little rhyme:
Sticks and stone may break my bones,
But names will never hurt me.
On that basis as long as no-one physically assaults me I will tolerate even their verbal anger. It is my right, too, in terms of treating others as I
would have others treat me (which I totally hold sacred) to get verbally angry.
We have all these colourful expletives for a reason. We need them to express ourselves when we are angry.
I despise child sexual abuse yet I am glad Nabokov's "Lolita" novel is published because of its informative qualities. Even so with Hitler's "Mein
Kampf", though I despise what Hitler did to my people. See what I mean by giving license?
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