Monday, September 25, 2006

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

Censorship. What a loaded word. When I was young and terribly conservative, I thought that our country needed more censorship. That the moral majority should hold responsible, those who would "sully" our national moral fibers. As I've gotten older (and wiser) I have found that people naturally resist censorship. We have the right, as guaranteed by our Consitution, to speak our minds freely. The joke goes, "A person who wants to share his religious beliefs with you often doesn't want you to share yours with them". Funny, but very true. What has been censored in your life? Your beliefs? Ideas? Aspirations? Dreams? It's amazing how people who are mired in mediocracy want to keep others down, so that they don't have to recognize just how ordinary they are. I found this especially true while growing up in a small town. You might be able to relate. The best way to have your voice heard is to be educated. Nobody wants to listen to a "Redneck" spout racism disguised as religious conviction, or a Black man preaching that the evil that exists today in the Afro-American culture is because of the white man. When you are educated, you learn the "truth" of what the issues are, and not to allow your emotions to "run away" with your reasoning. I may not agree with what you say. You may not agree with, or even like what I have to say. However, we have the guaranteed right to say it. What statement do you want to make today?

5 Comments:

Blogger Mckenzie said...

I find it funny that you would write about this subject, concidering my situation. My feancee and I are going through a very hard time and we want to get into church and we were told not to let ourselves become "cencored" by what others think and think they might want us to hear. We were told its better to build a house on stone than it is on sand. This blog reminds me to work with the one I love and not aginst him. In a sense I guess we are fighting our own cencorship, and trying to learn how to accept each other for who we are not what other people want us to think we are. I still find that it will take time and lots of effort, but if we can look past what I did then we will be stronger together.
Mckenzie

1:26 PM  
Blogger Jack-Ass said...

I beleave that all things need some type of scensorship in all things that can reach the hands or ears of children. I don't beleave that somenone should preach their own special likes or dislikes on a pullpit and call it "bible" but it does happen. Music should be allowed to be a freedom of speech of emotion or thought, and the same with books; but the adult of a home is responsible to scensor what a child is subject to. Television should be more closely monitored for entertainment reasons to stop so much sexual, racial, and violent actions being glamorized. on the other hand, television should be less scensored when talking about political and human needs/rights because i feel that they (t.v.) tell us what they want us to hear, and what is going to entertain us.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Julie B said...

Ia am one of those people that believe in freedom of speech. I think that if you are not liking what you are hearing than you should just not listen. I don't understand how it is ok for some people to say certain things but wrong for others to say the exact same thing. People having a different opinion is what makes the world and life interesting. It would be impossible for something to be truly censored because everyone has different opinions on what is proper and what is not; therefore you can never make everyone happy. People should stop caring so much an what other people are doing and saying and just concentrate on themselves.

1:35 PM  
Blogger virgie said...

I think this story was good. censorship is away to express someone's feeling and understand what they think. I think it was intersting because it protects peoples freedom of speech. People tend to be offended by such speech. although others may fully understand what is being told, many don't. As everything, censorship has it good qualities,as well as bad ones. Sometimes censorship can open a new understanding to those who are taught another way of thinking. Every one has a right to express his or her feelings from their experiences and express them in a suitible or the most reasonable fashion.

1:51 PM  
Blogger amy said...

i believe that i was meant to read this. Lately i've been holding back things i feel i need to say. I tend to not stick up for myself in ways because i dont want anyone to be offened or take something the wrong way. Everyones different in there own way and thats what makes peole there own person. All people judge others in some way or another, Lately when i find myself doing this i just remind myself that not everyone is the same and if we were than life would be boring. I have been going to church lately but i dont try and tell people thats how they should live.

10:48 AM  

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