Right to freedom of speech… but how ’bout, right to be heard?

I find it very interesting, this idea of having the freedom to speak our thoughts aloud. Because how can freedom of speech truly exist when we are constantly (and unknowingly) censoring ourselves? Personally, I often find myself considering the consequences of what I’m posting, what I’m sharing and what I’m saying, before I actually post, share or say it.

It’s inevitable. From a very young age, we’re already exposed to these societal paradigms that over time become embedded into our consciousness; we’re taught about what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong’, about what’s ‘appropriate’ and what’s ‘offensive’. In some ways, this renders us incapable of having a way of thinking outside that box, mainly because most of the time, we’re not even aware that we’ve been confined into this box.

The truth is, even if we do speak our mind and voice our opinions, it doesn’t mean that we will be heard. There’s just so much content out here on the internet, and sometimes I can’t help but wonder about all those articles or videos that have never even been read or watched before, that remain forever hidden in the ever-changing, ever-expanding sea of information.

But to end on a somewhat more positive note, I just want say that, even if you are just a voice among millions, what’s important is that you are your own voice. You aren’t dead static; you’re alive and what you utter, matters. You’re a small but significant piece in a larger jigsaw puzzle. You may not be noticed by many; yet without you, the picture could never possibly be completed.

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6 thoughts on “Right to freedom of speech… but how ’bout, right to be heard?

  1. “incapable of having a way of thinking outside that box, mainly because most of the time, we’re not even aware that we’ve been confined into this box” SO TRUE!!!

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  2. I don’t know about ‘the right to be heard’ but you have some valid points in here.
    Question: what’s our problem that we are so obsessed with speaking our mind and being heard?
    🙂

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  3. Katho;
    First of congratulation for writing such a wonderful post; especially last paragraph; I dedicate this paragraph to you only;
    “But to end on a somewhat more positive note, I just want say that, even if you are just a voice among millions, what’s important is that you are your own voice. You aren’t dead static; you’re alive and what you utter, matters. You’re a small but significant piece in a larger jigsaw puzzle. You may not be noticed by many; yet without you, the picture could never possibly be completed”.

    “You may not be noticed by many; yet without you, the picture could never possibly be completed”.
    Applicable to you………….

    Wishing you all the best……………

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this piece, I certainly enjoyed writing it! And as always, your words truly do make my day 🙂 sorry I haven’t been posting as regularly, been very busy, but I definitely will be posting soon!

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