What is it we cannot say? Is it political? Is it Religious? Is it Pornography? Is it swearing?
We have freedom of the press and speech in America; that freedom is given in our Constitution. Why would anyone feel they have a right to criticize what someone either says or writes?
The way I consider this question is we have a right to close our eyes, our ears, and our mouths if we so desire. I think most people in America believe because of our right granted by our Constitution we have a given right to express ourselves anyway we desire.
Perhaps to impress a person, a group, or an audience with words we want to deliver, we measure our strength of influence by asserting, impressing; calculating, or denying the affect our statements will have when they meet the minds of those we intend to influence.
It is the right of everyone to express themselves. It is the right of everyone to agree, disagree, or criticize what a person has committed orally or in writing that which they want to divulge. What is said may or may not be accepted. It is, therefore, important to hide in a mass of verbiage what you want others to know. It is up to each person to distinguish what has been said to fit that person’s moral code. It is not the writer’s obligation to dress the topic in the costume most likely to appeal to what a person wants to hear.
Rather, a person who reads is entitled to evaluate what has been said. In other words, he is fully responsible for what he lets enter his mind. If a person reads something he would rather not accept, that person is justified in making a complaint, but should limit himself to whether what has been written is truth, a lie, fiction, or reprehensible language. Everyone has the right to make his beliefs or feelings known.
We all have heard the rhetoric of politicians. They have a definite influence upon people who agree with their views; they may not influence those who disagree, but digesting what is written may well be a good plan to follow. Therefore, a politician will do whatever he can to influence a group of people to adopt his beliefs.
The readers must determine what they read as meaningful, as truth, as good policy, and whether they want to believe it.
The same can be said of a religionist. We can be swayed by very good evangelists, or people who follow a cult. Most of them have very good reasons for supporting their beliefs. .It is up to the reader to close his or her mind, or to accept and by accepting determine whether the person is writing the truth.
In all cases, be it politics or religion, there is a way of determining what is truth. But how we find the truth can be a long-term process. How you evaluate what you read is another matter. If you are embracing the truth, then your freedom of the press makes you an invaluable person, whether or not you are advanced to the highest level of education.
To write the truth is the most desirable asset a person can have. Sometimes a liar has more honor than a person who is truthful. It is up to us to either believe or not believe what is written and accept only what we know to be truth. If we accept what someone is saying, we need to evaluate it for content and for truth or entertainment.
Pornography and swearing are other matters. In my estimation, there is no justification for either. If our government permits such filth on our airwaves, it is our duty as citizens to protest vigorously. But in those areas in which we are exposed and have no control, then we must use self-control. These two forms of writing – pornography and swearing - attack spiritual discernment, and if we listen, we can be sucked into a whirlpool of stagnant and dark communication. Here again, it is our choice if we want to indulge in this concept of writing. Closing our minds may be difficult in many instances, but our spiritual values can help recover from these degrading forms of speech.
However we accept or reject what we read has much to do with our peace and contentment. Far above any form of writing, truth is forever.