In America, we are very intense about our right to the freedom of speech. We have no appreciation for anyone who would try to censure our opinion or limit our expression. And in some ways, I really appreciate this right & I wholly appreciate the sacrifices that have been made to retain this privilege.
On the other hand, just because we have the right to freedom of speech doesn’t mean that we should say anything & everything we want. Proverbs says that even a fool appears smart when they keep their mouth closed. There is tremendous wisdom in knowing when to say something, what to say & to whom something should be said. These choices can be very productive if we make the decision to be constructive with our opinions & freedom of speech & not merely selfish. In the end, the right to freedom of speech with a selfish intent is often more destructive than constructive. Here’s a simple idea that I’m trying to work into my daily living: I want to compliment & encourage more than I criticize & judge. Want to join me? 🙂