Blurred Lines

There are always two sides to freedom.

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What is freedom? Freedom is the power to act and respond without any restraint. The state of choice where one can do whatever he pleases to do without being imprisoned or enslaved.  When freedom and speech is connected as they both go hand in hand. It forms freedom of speech.

The era that we live in has surpassed times where people were not allowed to express themselves. Which lead to several human rights movements by many phenomenal leaders. Black people have suffered greatly over the years but two phenomenal leaders have carved history into admiration by their efforts and dedication towards human rights. These two extraordinary leaders are Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom of speech is the foundation of every human’s right to living.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressor – Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom of speech has two sides. Each totally different from the other in context and all dimensions. Freedom of speech allows a person to express themselves in the best way possible to bring forward his personal thoughts which allows others to know that person better. By looking at someone you may not be able to judge what they have been through which is why it is important for every person to be able to speak for himself. When people communicate they share personal beliefs and ideas which leads to mixing different ideas and following beliefs. 

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However the country we live in, this right of speech is usually exploited. Everyone having their say in whatever they feel like usually leads to chaos. Freedom to speech has a very dark side to it. A side where even batman wouldn’t want to linger. Hate speech is the most controversial topic in our society. They say that it takes a lifetime to create fame but takes only a few words to dismantle it. When people are allowed to speak for themselves and say whatever they want to they don’t always speak positively. There are million of cyber bullying cases in Pakistan. Bullying is associated with hate speech. As people bully others vocally causing mental trauma and in many cases suicide attempts.

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope others will share with us – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Author: haseebanjum2017

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