posted on Apr, 12 2013 @ 11:17 AM
Once upon a time I once wrote a thread about the double-edged sword of freedom. I wrote it in another forum more as an editorial than an article for
discussion. I write this now to stimulate dialogue.
Freedom is a wonderful thing. We love freedom. We embrace freedom. We love freedom so much that we try to thrust it upon other countries!
“Here! Take it! Taste the Freedom!”
We all look at freedom as a gift! A wonderful treasure to hold sacred and share at the same time.
But what we don’t often talk about, is the dark side to freedom. The dirty, nasty, disgusting side of freedom. We ignore it or hide it like a
defect in a perfect society. We’re embarrassed by it. We are ashamed of it.
The First Amendment gives us freedom of expression. We see it in stirring speeches made to make all weep. We see it in art, dance, poetry, song, and
screen. We love the beautiful freedom of speech, because we can sing whatever we wish!
Yet there is a dark side. We see it in the KKK, NBP, Westboro Baptist, OWS, The Tea Party. We see free expression that we don’t like. We see the
free expression of hate and fear. We see people express hurtful things.
We loathe this dark side, this evil twin of free speech. We see people cry out for silence! To shut them up. “Stop saying things we hate to
The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms! We can hunt, play at the range, collect, or even defend against tyranny. Us. The little
people. We have been charged with defending freedom against tyranny. A noble cause. Not one saved for the elite, but something we can all share. A
great and proud responsibility!
Yet there is a dark side. A sick and disgusting, twisted side that exposes the dark nature of evil. It is a shameful aspect that we try to separate
from the freedoms that we all enjoy.
But we can’t separate it. It’s like taking a piece of paper and drawing a law-abiding gun owner on one side and on the reverse, drawing a
gun-toting killer, then only shredding one side of the paper. We can’t hide or ignore or make illegal just one side without denying the
freedoms to the other side of the paper.
We have to accept the fact that as long as we have our freedoms, we will have to have the dark side to our freedoms as well. You can’t ban one
without banning the other.
PC/hate speech? Is just speech. Gun control laws to stop the terrible things that happen? Only inhibits the good side of freedom as well.
Well ATS, what do you say? Do we acknowledge all freedoms or deny them? Do we have too much freedom? What is too much?
Thank you for reading.