This is part of a conversation on social media that I had with someone who has had their account temporarily removed due to it needing verification!!!
I probably was talking to a fake person. I was told that by someone, but I kept talking to them…LOL
Maybe the next time I form a “friendship” online, maybe I should “trust, but verify!”
So we were talking about changes necessary in society. They said that certain “influencers” should be “careful” what they say, because some people Might take what they say to hurt others.
Here is my edited response as I thought about it more since I originally wrote it.
What you are saying is that we are responsible for others’ supposed, or maybe in the future, actions. If that is true, then this is the basis for arbitrary censorship…determined by someone else. They can censor you, because it MIGHT cause harm. They foretell the future!
The principle is here is that you are accountable for your speech and actions…not anyone else’s. And your speech is curbed by the same code. You do not say or act in any way that will Directly harm someone else. That is already addressed by law. You do not slander or libel someone else.
But is the call for revolution restricted?
Our country was founded by a revolution….a violent one…a war. The rhetoric that was used then was incendiary and radical. Patrick Henry said, “Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” How radical is that? That is calling for violence…for a just cause. The Declaration of Independence said that when tyranny becomes oppressive, then resistance is an obligation and necessary!
That is how our country was formed…by resisting control…by violence! You should read some of the articles of that time. How about…Let us Hang Together, or we shall all Hang Separately? This was do or die. And it was all voluntary! In fact, most people at the time were pro-British. Only a small minority DID something.
This goes right along with You Are Loved and Love Yourself. Be responsible and accountable…for yourself…and let everyone else do the same. If you think they won’t, what basis do you have to tell them what to do…other than protecting your rights, but not at the expense of theirs….A fine line, but can be clearly drawn…from the right mindset.