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February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

Although our lives are being pressured into particular channels and ways of thinking and we are chastised for thought that is original or against the commonly accepted attitudes, this attempt to curb our freedom of thought is less potent than controlling our speech.

Although both thought and speech are ultimately governed by us personally, there are external intrusive influences to make us cautious in expressing our viewpoint. Many may not wish to be labelled in some derogatory term that is not the common trend or passing fashion. They have a strong desire to feel socially included. This, in spite of the fact that commonly held attitudes are frequently proven wrong.

But a desire to want to feel part of a wider group can cause us to yield to oppressive but invisible social negatives that are stealthily eroding our morals, ideas and our sense of freedom that we previously enjoyed when individuality was respected. Now strong power groups are demonstrating their dominance and lust for more. This is reflected in the widespread downgrading and neglect of quality in many spheres of community life as money threatens morality and replaces sanctity. Materialism has made slaves of all who heed the greed and not the souls' needs.

We are not fully aware of the changes that are undermining our freedom in our democracy as many occur over a period of time.

For example is our treasured right to free speech. This is integral to a concept of a civilized society. But there are increasing numbers of people who do not feel free to voice their genuine thought. What was posed as a science fiction consideration of 'thought police' is emerging as a potential reality that could inhibit speech and make cowards of us all.

As we must fight to be free to speak vocally, in print or by any other medium we must be alert to the negative changes that are occurring in our words and their meanings that by common usage destroy the original concepts and meanings in our language.

For example, we have the word 'discrimination'.In our fine English language Discrimination is the valued tool of human reason, whether it is used in relation to politics, religion, race, or science. Above all it is the noble tool of judgment and comparison that is the foundation for development of human intelligence.

Distinction is a tool of the mental faculty that helps us to discriminate, or to assess when applied to the basic good and bad, black and white, hot and cold and all other values where opposites are to be balanced in the course of learning how to live as a human being.To have the word generally and consistently applied to racial bias is an aberration.

Such word abuses are becoming increasing popular as modern trends assert speed over studentship causing serious scholars pain as powerful words in our language are slaughtered.

Any word that one person uses can be misinterpreted by a listener.It is only our dictionaries that should arbitrate and be respected when such reference is needed. Fortunately the need is not usual in the main in general discussion. However, we should all be aware how important are the words we use in our speech and cherish those that we find valuable in expression of the truth of our thoughts and feelings. To keep speech simple gives less likelihood of misinterpretation is often given as valued advice.

Beyond the words we use are our ideas, opinions and concepts.It is the desire to communicate these to others that motivates our speech. Expression of our thoughts, feelings and philosophy surely should be opportunity to result in exchanges that may sometimes result in opposition, sometimes in agreement and at best, an enrichment and extended understanding that stirs constructive outcomes.

We must fight to retain our freedoms. We must fight to resist changes that we believe are wrong and insist upon our freedom to speak our minds and be allowed the chance to be heard.

We must reclaim the desire to be free, ever mindful that freedom does not allow our thoughts, feelings or actions to harm or hurt others by our intent, expression or in our behaviour.

We need to freely enjoy our lives in a way that does not cause us to intrude on others, but has a positive influence way can add to the welfare, well-being and freedom of others.

Elizabeth S. Adams is known for her published "Forgotten Dreams - a collection of Poetry" with additional interests that extend to Philosophy, Astrology,Astronomy and mystical subjects that help us understand who we are and our place in the Universe. Astrology when applied to self understanding of our personality and deeper soul potentials is a great practical starting point. We also need assistance to unveil the special inner talents of our soul so we feel confident to offer our contribution to the world. Astrology is such an aid. Visit her site

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