Freedom of Speech


One often hears of someone complaining about not being allowed to express their viewpoint. The constitutions of Canada, and the United States both make promises that freedom of speech shall not be infringed BY THE GOVERNMENT, not our society as a whole. As with many other guaranteed freedoms, promises on paper are not always upheld in day-to-day life. If you feel your viewpoint is not being properly heard, consider that your neighbours and fellow citizens might not care to listen, and even after your grievances are aired, you might not get your own way in all things. Ranting is not very persuasive.

Most items of business are conducted according to what is trending with the majority. If you’re an outlier, over on the thin edge of the bell curve, you should get used to doing more things on your own, not waiting until the majority changes its mind (which may never happen) and all society moves in your direction. This is the reason we have several religions and several political parties. Render unto Caesar your share for the use of roads, sewers, water, etc. Don’t pollute the water, don’t clog the sewer, and don’t drive too fast on the wrong side of the road. We’ll be ok, if we all keep to our own lane. I say this as a reminder to myself, but you may find relevance in your own life.

Robert Wills,
Thorne and Shawville