Thin Line, Freedom of Expression or Causing Harm

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Spirit Space

A question that can plague writers.

The right to express an opinion. It is part of the American constitution, the frame work document which addresses freedom of thought when it is put forth in public society. 

Just what this right is can be very tricky when causing harm is being considered. 

A famous court of law saying has stated (paraphrasing) 'Freedom of expression ends when someone yells FIRE in a crowded venue.'

I've thought of this phrase as I've written and then published things which I knew would offend. In reflection I'd think, does satire or challenging anothers heartfelt belief the same as shouting fire to those in a bad mental space? Does it cause harm? 

As writers, how far should we go when it comes to self censorship, to protect others who might be more vunerable to concepts which don't fit within a certain perspective?

I'm far from certain of any real conclusion to the point, it's why this piece is full of question marks.

For myself, I have wanted to disrupt certain attitudes with my writing, and it's always done with the intention of challenging what I view as less than creative.. 

But, is it causing harm to do so? 

I keep the question in mind when ever I seek to publish what I have written.


Submitted: January 31, 2021

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tom mcmullen

Your lucky to have the first amendment LE, without it democracy is nothing.Political Correctness is destroying the West. Watch now as the Democrats get rid of freedom of speech by calling it hate speech. Boo Ho...

Sun, January 31st, 2021 3:22am

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Thought filled points tom...things I've considered myself. Thanks for your comments...

Tue, February 2nd, 2021 1:34pm

D. Thurmond aka JEF

It is really very easy, "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you." --- That may not leave you much to write about unless you care to try your hand at mysteries, humor, you know, positive stuff. --- You could do that and walk away with a smile.

Sun, January 31st, 2021 5:29pm

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Valid truth JEF...but some might say that even 'positive' fiction can cause harm and should not be published. It all really depends on individual circumstance and considered opinion. Thank you so much for your comments.

Tue, February 2nd, 2021 1:38pm

moa rider

It's not unusual for me to criticise the PC world LE. But it's sensible to be diplomatic or exercise some form of reponsibility. A school teacher wouldn't last long by calling a student 'a grubby little snot'. If you want to target any particular group with your writing, and you want them to like it, then you have to be careful how you phrase things. But it's a can of worms if you want to draft legislation. Usianguke

Sun, January 31st, 2021 8:28pm

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You've expressed yet another dimension to the topic moa...thank you for your comments.

Tue, February 2nd, 2021 1:43pm

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