By censoring information we halt humanity's progress
Censorship is mind control and blocks people from finding the information they need. Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

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?

A bigger platform means a bigger variety of voices are heard
Political correctness often drowns out the point of view of the targeted person or community because it is their point of view that matters – photo by the Founder Institute via Pixabay

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.

People from all backgrounds and all walks of life can get along.
When sections of society aren’t heard, the world stops working for everyone – Photo by Felix Koutchinski on Unsplash

The minute we start arguing about what is right or wrong, we cross a line.

Create Anything

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?

A snowflake is delicate and control its outcome
Why are we letting people avoid responding directly when they are affected? Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

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.

Political correctness drowns out the voices of the under-represented groups they claim to represent with their own opinions. Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

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.

By censoring information we halt humanity's progress
Censorship is mind control and blocks people from finding the information they need. Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

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.

We needed a bigger platform not just a privileged person with a bigger loud-haler. If you want to read more please visit this blog.

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Sophie Sweatman
Born in south London and brought up in Surrey I had a very enjoyable social and active childhood and then got sent to boarding school where the only escape was team sports and music. I greatly enjoyed trying to predict number one records. My first published piece was in the school magazine, then after my O’levels I got the plum work experience job on the local paper and after a second attempt at house style, got all the wedding reviews printed that I had written up, plus a few extra pieces. This led me to a job offer at GQ magazine but my “housewife and mother” education was continued and I went to cookery school. I started work writing for a café and booking bands, which led to work experience at Lynne Franks PR, where I learnt to do music listings, putting me in good stead for 10 years of music promotion. I booked bands at the Laurel Tree in Camden in 1997 amongst various other places, some sadly gone. Some curdled mayonnaise later I went to an art college, which was part of the American College in London to do all sorts of art-based subjects and being taught English in American was interesting but they taught Harvard Referencing so well it was no bother and I got a top grade for a 10,000 word dissertation on music law focusing on George Michael’s court case against his record company. After looking for work in non-arty south west London I moved to Crouch End and had a painting exhibition in 1994. After working for the local paper I got into the London College of Communication to do a postgraduate in periodical journalism. This was followed by an industrial placement at the Camden New Journal, where I wrote health columns inspired by What Doctors Don’t Tell You a newsletter started by Lynne McTaggart that still goes today. The Camden New Journal also inspired me to do theatre reviews, which I did each week for the London Newspaper Groups stable of papers from 1998 til 2000. My thirties was spent on self-development, resulting in a good job by 2010, when I started planning a move out of London. With an unconditional place at London College of Communication to do an MA in Broadcast Journalism but instead I moved to Falmouth and did a Professional Writing MA. In Cornwall I write for various publications and work for a record company promoting musicians and local artists. I still read What Doctors Don’t Tell You and research on health, nutrition, ancient humanity, science and various other subjects.