orenshani7
2 years ago1,000+ Views
When freedom of thought becomes a privilege
Sandor Petofi, the national poet of Hungary was a very handsome man. I'd like to be free to think that in spite of the fact that I am a heterosexual male. I think I still can have an opinion about the aesthetics of other human males, why not? And I'd like to be free to say to someone who I happen to know that he is gay, when he sees the picture of Petofi and says, "What a good looking man!", that yes, that was my thought exactly and not feel any awkwardness, and then we can laugh about how our national poet was not as good looking. And I'd like it to be this way not just for few moments, that few days after which a 16 years old girl will be murdered in the gay parade in Jerusalem. I think I know why this is currently just a wishful thought. I think I know how our moral system became so broken, that what I wrote above may seem to many people as too much to ask, while there are obviously much more severe issues to deal with. I think that if our moral system was functioning, one would lead to the other and freedom of thought would eradicate wars, poverty and hunger. Somehow we got to a point where freedom of thought is a privilege. A possession of those who can afford a higher moral stand. They are not the ones who commit hate crimes, and when these happen, they are the first to condemn the criminals. What they don't understand is that they deprive the less privileged from being able to afford not to hate. Or maybe they do understand? I'd like to have my freedom of thought and I don't think it should cost me anything. I'd like to be able to go with my children to watch the gay parade because it is colorful and fun, and a celebration of the complexity of the human spirit, not because it is a brave protest. I'd like to teach my children to free their mind so that they can make this world a batter place, not that a narrow mind will protect them from evil. It's tough because it became so costly to have a free mind, even for someone like myself who is lucky enough to have a reasonable economic status. But I know in my guts that it just can't be right and that there has to be a batter way. Right now maybe all I can do is to point out to my readers that the current situation is just an absurd. Maybe that is enough in order to open more people's minds because that is all it takes to make a difference.
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Great thoughts @orenshani7. I agree that it is difficult to truly be free to think what you want and be free to explore those thoughts. The line you chose the title from is great: "Somehow we got to a point where freedom of thought is a privilege." Really makes me think even more. I'm lucky to believe I am free enough to think and be, in most cases, but I hope the same for everyone else.
2 years ago·Reply
Great card. It really has opened up perspective on freedom of thought. I stopped for moment and lingered at this sentence: I'd like to be able to go with my children to watch the gay parade because it is colorful and fun, and a celebration of the complexity of the human spirit, not because it is a brave protest." I really love this.
2 years ago·Reply
Nobody is able to speak one's mind to be honest. You will be judged no matter how many they will support you. And that's the most depressing part. But come to think about it, the thought of being judged is enough to make you be prisoner in your own mind. We are never truly free and society over the years have done a really great job keeping it that way. Just think about it: no you cannot say that an another man is attractive because you are a man, society will "punish" you by labelling you as gay. And that's is only one of hundreds of examples of standards, rules and legislations that are keeping us captivated. I really love your thoughts. @orenshani7
2 years ago·Reply
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