In March 2019, an actress was fired from a British soap opera because of tweets she made six years ago. In 2013, Shila Iqbal was 19 years old. Aged 25 it seems her career is over. Now she has lost her job over her opinions. How can this be?
The minute Censorship takes over, we are in a totalitarian state. Censorship is mind control. Well meaning HR people cannot tackle racism in the workplace, as this article shows.
It seems we are letting irresponsible people dominate human interaction.
If we are all entitled to our opinions and our points of view are all valid, that allows us to challenge others’ opinions we don’t agree with, doesn’t it?
Challenging an opinion is giving our opinion on another person’s opinion. That does not mean anything is right or wrong.
The minute we start arguing about what is right or wrong, we cross a line.
Right or wrong means invalidating others, dominating, defending, attacking and finger-pointing. We ought to interact without judging, complaining, assuming and criticizing. None of that works in human interaction. It is not wrong. It just doesn’t create anything.
Therefore, if we don’t like something we hear, are offended, upset or think something doesn’t work the responsible thing to do is go and challenge it directly. Surely?
Why are we listening to people reporting to a third party or the media about other people’s opinions, not responding so the person can make amends? Why are people losing their jobs over a Tweet?
There is no shame
If we cannot make mistakes we don’t learn. We need to fail and fall down to create a better world. There is no shame. If someone shames us for falling, we need to respond and tell them that opinion doesn’t work.
If we have to tread on eggshells whenever we speak in case a tell-tale sneak goes and reports it, humanity is majorly stuck.
So let us go boldly. Let us speak our minds and challenge what we want to without making it personal.
Rights and Freedoms
This gives us our rights and freedoms. People policing what we say and making interaction into a minefield of verbal explosions are the ones that need to start speaking for themselves, not others.
If you think an opinion is wrong the opinion needs to be challenged. Bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, alienation or inequality anywhere needs to be challenged.
We can do this by hearing responses from people directly affected not well-meaning 3rd parties with a totally different point of view. We need to hear the point of view of people on the receiving end by listening to their responses.
This post can be updated through responses to ensure it is clear and understandable. Fire away.
We need to hear more different voices, I think. Political correctness drowns out the voices of the under-represented groups these people claim to defend with their own noise.
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