Free speech is important - and yes, even if it is offensive - because that is the only way for a few things to happen.
1) People to be honest and know what each other are thinking
2) People to be able to work together
3) People to know when they are wrong
It is important to know when you are wrong about something, or when someone else has a different view than you. The first one is because, no matter
how much you really *want* to hide from the fact that you are wrong about something factual, you can't.
For example, raising the minimum wage is shown to scientifically improve the economy - forcing it to stay stagnant because it will hurt the economy is
delusional thinking, and that means that decisions are being made with the wrong facts. That means that the outcome is not going to be the one
It is like taking fifty apples to a get-together where there are expected to be two-hundred people who want one apple each, and thinking that the
fifty apples is plenty - well, you can think whatever you like, but the reality is, when it's time to eat, there is going to be a problem. Now if
someone had criticized your plan, you might have known better, and people wouldn't have gone hungry at the event.
Being wrong about something will always mean that you, as a person, or I, will be operating a few crayons short of a box or a few cylinders short of
an engine, maybe even a few beers short of a six pack. Criticism is important because it allows for trouble-shooting. It keeps countries from falling
over a cliff because their legislators are too delusional to make accurate decisions.
These days, I often find that I have to search out criticism in order to troubleshoot my ideas. That shouldn't happen. Sometimes people are too
sensitive to speak openly, which means that there are problems lying in wait under the surface, maybe even lurking.
On to the other reason why free speech is important - it is important to listen to the views of others so that you don't end up thinking that your
views are the only ones, which, they patently are not. This can be important in a few ways - sometimes it means learning to be empathetic to others,
be they conservatives, or liberals -
As a liberal, thinking that someone with conservative ideas is crazy might be overlooking the fact that they have family and social support for their
views. As a conservative, thinking that it is okay to be racist and hateful (which has been on the increase) overlooks the fact that the majority of
Americans are either the ones being hated or are not in support of that behavior - and that means that this is going to cost votes, for starters.
In general, it is always beneficial to listen to others. Just as it is beneficial to speak freely. It is not like the thoughts are going to go away -
they are going to fester, waiting to be resolved - and they can only be resolved through discussion, which means that both sides have to intermix -
that is the only way progress can be made.
Every compromise is a step towards progress. Every bit of criticism listened to is a step towards refining a noble cause.
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