Some Times : By Santosh Bhatt
(You can’t handle it even now) How do you know ?
If only I was so fortunate. LOL. In theory I agree 100% with “Your freedom ends where it starts affecting mine”.
In reality, ‘affect’ is often interpretive rather than absolute/concrete. We then get lawyers involved. 🙂
An example of the issue, by way of an anecdote not related to our topic:
After a successful week cutting a real estate deal, a Muslim friend and I were ready for lunch on a Friday.
Aware that I am an agnostic (for decades), he asked me not to have any fire water with lunch in his presence.
Amused, I asked him to show me how my freedom to consume it could possibly impact his freedom to drink non-fiery liquids.
He was unable to do so.
I ordered Fire Drink.
In a Muslim-majority country where moral bullies abound, I might not have been so free.
I ran companies in the world, when I helped settle allegations of ‘sexism’ every now & then.
More often than not the allegation was interpretive, with no clear answer.
As a US citizen I endorse the Constitution.
Hence I endorse free speech.
I may consider some speech unacceptable.
But I shall also defend others right to speak freely.
If indeed my freedom was to be left at the mercy of someone’s interpretive ‘offense’, it would be equal to no freedom.
I just avoid people whose notions of social decency I disagree with.
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