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"Defend Your Right To Say It..."
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 3:30 pm
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"I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it..."

Remember when this was something people said and believed? I am actively looking for pockets of people who still feel this way, so that I may interact with them and be happy! 🙂

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I believe that with everything in me.

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People take things too personally and I think that's why so many just get offended and try to silence others. 🙁 

Let's all learn from each other <3

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100% with you. 

I'm not interested in curated conversation. Nor with being around thought and word police who are simply looking for socially acceptable ways to control others.

Nope. 

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Elsa said
"I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it..."

Remember when this was something people said and believed? I am actively looking for pockets of people who still feel this way, so that I may interact with them and be happy! 🙂  

I think this sentiment has become less common because of two things.

First, the degradation of facts. When we disagreed before, it was usually around different interpretations or conclusions from the same set of facts. Now, we seem to have trouble even reaching consensus on what the facts ARE, nevermind the later step of drawing conclusions.

Second, it seems like the level of anxiety is much higher now. Parents seem very anxious about their kids, giving rise to helicopter parenting and the subsequent unconscious belief that we should (and can) bubble wrap the entire world rather than increasing our own strength.

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I've always believed everyone is entitled to their opinion even if I disagree.  I can agree to disagree too rather than go too far, but I'll make my best argument.

What I really don't like today is how some people immediately shut down any difference of opinion with name calling like racist, etc.  We still have free speech in this country, a right we never want to lose.

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Things have gotten to a point where holding someone accountable for their bad behavior is labeled as hate. Nobody plays the victim better than a manipulator who doesn't want to take responsibility for what they do.

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I see a lot of confusion between expressing facts (objective) and "living your truth" (subjective).

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I feel this way wholeheartedly.

People say this but everything's fine until someone gets offended or has their belief system questioned or criticised. Yeah,  you have the right to be offended.... So? 

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In real life I know or knew plenty of people I have almost nothing in common with and have cared deeply about most of them.

I think this is an effect derived from internet use. It makes things seem very simple.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:57 pm
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Elsa said
"I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it..."

Yes. That's my default. But I can also criticize things people say, even if I would defend their right to say it.

 

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ScottishFoldSoul said
Things have gotten to a point where holding someone accountable for their bad behavior is labeled as hate. Nobody plays the victim better than a manipulator who doesn't want to take responsibility for what they do.  

Yep! Was just talking about this today.

How did we get to the point where simply asking questions or questioning someone's motivation, or attempting to hold them accountable for their actions is now labeled as being a "hater" or "being negative"??

And your last line...double yes!! I have known so many of these manipulative types and am inevitably labeled the "negative" one because I am actually willing to question them. Asking questions does not equate to "hate". If we are expected to accept that NOT asking questions and simply going along with the status quo equals being "positive", then there is something very very backwards about that.

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