Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of a truly free society - it is the ability to freely exchange ideas with one another. Having freedom of speech is the ability to express yourself and be comfortable with yourself; free speech helps people find out who they are and their place in life. This great freedom comes with great responsibility, as it calls for individuals to respect other opinions and associate with people who do not hold the same views.
Creating an atmosphere of free exchange of ideas and truly in favor of freedom of speech is very beneficial. When people are able to exercise their freedom of speech and feel comfortable doing so, they are able to find out about themselves more easily - it is mentally beneficial to do so. It also makes people feel more accepted; there is a lot of talk about inclusion, and the ultimate inclusion would be to embrace students' free speech and encourage them to look at all sides and views.
The slogan of Eastern Michigan University is 'You Are Welcome Here' - diversity is very important to this university and the students who call it home. In order to truly fulfill this slogan, diversity in viewpoints needs to be held equal in importance to cultural diversity. To create a truly great campus and college experience for all, free speech has to be respected. When we all get along and are able to connect and talk to each other like adults, we all benefit.
Being around people with different viewpoints helps you grow as a person; if you surround yourself with people too similar to you, you are doing a disservice to yourself and mentally stunting yourself. Exposing yourself to different views helps sharpen your own view and how you look at the situation at hand. You will greatly benefit in both knowledge and debate by being around opposing views, as it provides an opportunity to understand and defend your own.
Freedom of speech is the most beautiful thing I can think of - more beautiful than words could ever explain. The true test of how someone stands with liberty is their willingness to defend the speech they may not agree with. We can create a much better society by respecting freedom of speech and by not suppressing people’s views. This suppression can make people feel as if they shouldn’t speak at all or that they don’t matter if they don’t see something a certain way.
The freedom of speech is the cornerstone of the United States of America, and it is a truly wonderful thing that we must not take for granted. It is a right our country introduced to the world 244 years ago which changed humanity forever. It is our duty to make sure this fundamental right does not perish or cease to exist. Freedom of speech is a beautiful gift to be able to pass down to future generations. As long as the righteous automatic right of free speech is respected and practiced in this country, we will prosper.
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