Emotional Terrorism and the Right of Free Speech
At the end of the day, we’re all human. I think about the hippocratic oath doctors take. I think about how, in this day and age especially, they must be careful to keep all political discussion out of their wheelhouse and keep the focus on their patients and their patient’s health. They cannot be too outspoken on public social media platforms without the risk of judgment and a potential loss of business, but more than that, I think they may be forced into a total acceptance of where anyone stands; and despite their potential misgivings about anyone’s viewpoints or affiliations or even if they happen to be terrible criminals or despots, they still have to view the humanity in anyone and treat accordingly. Can we regular every day people treat everyone we meet, regardless of political affiliation, religious belief, sexual orientation, social or economic status with civility and dignity?
Unfortunately, I believe the answer to be ‘no’, as evidenced by the sheer volume of people who lack the capacity to see past their own desires and conditioning in stupidity.
When you see young people on street corners openly punching disabled persons in the face, and then proceeding to further beat him, because they think its funny…when you see an angry white man on the beach accusing a family of people from the Middle East of being the problem with the world and being connected to ISIL (false accusations) and screaming at them to leave…when you see an older white woman in a major shopping store cursing out a woman and telling her to go back to her country, mistaking her ethnicity, and saying how we’d be better off without them, and when the woman being accused fires back with, “you’re an immigrant too, you’re not Native American”…
What is lost on the people who live in “Flyover Country” is that emotional reactions like this, without real education, without compassion, IS terrorism. It’s emotional terrorism. Terrorism in any form is something we as a world populace need to see as cancer. It’s a cancer to fill ourselves with hatred for what is perceived as ‘the other’. We’re all human beings, and at the end of the day, we all need the basics to survive. And that includes healthy emotional support and responses.
Warmth, sympathy, and understanding are doctors tools. More than that, they are human tools. Tools which rarely in this country ever get explained, learned in school, or even taught in life. These are, in fact, the antidotes to emotional imbalance, and these are all innately within us. Yet again, I point to capacity. Some people can change if they are willing to do so. Not all people can change; primarily because they have no interest. It can be addicting to stay stuck in one’s point of view, to never see it another way. It feeds itself and becomes a sickness. We have a president whose only real viewpoint is that life is a business, and that to be number one means making sure that everything goes one way: his way. Which does not include OUR way.
The president is very adept at bullying. Fire the guy who’s investigating your potential ties to Russia. Threaten to fire the guy who wants to see your tax returns. Call news reputable news outlets fake, and make fun of people less fortunate (materially) than you are. Those are schoolyard bully tactics. And so you can guess who voted this emotional terrorist into office: schoolyard bullies and their parents who support them (or were/are themselves bullies.)
This post isn’t a plea for people to wake up. If people were going to wake up, they would have done so by now. This is just a post to illustrate a point of view I have, because I live in the land of a free press: the digital land. I can post this here, and I mean no disrespect to anyone in particular. Exercising my right to free speech. Let’s hope that doesn’t go away. Because if it does, we’re ALL in bigger trouble than anyone can imagine.
I hear some people’s argument already: “If you can write all this about the president and emotional terrorism, then other people have the right to say whatever they want to other people in stores or wherever about where they belong.”
True, we do have the right. Look, Trump used words to put himself where he is. People voiced (via ballots) their opinions that Trump belonged where he does. I may have misgivings and disagreements with that fact, but its still a fact I can’t refute. A totalitarian regime is usually how wars are started, by the way. But here’s the problem. If our voices get taken away, if we no longer have the first amendment right, the freedom of speech, then we couldn’t say what we did or didn’t want anymore. At all. We would be told what we could or couldn’t have and when to shut up and how high to jump. It would be a prison country. We already know what that’s like. We’re investigating whether or not right now a corrupt government regime (the people of Russia are amazing and beautiful, the government…not so much, in this writer’s opinion) is overtly dictating the US governments next steps and maneuvers…I don’t think we want to end up that way.
People want their phones, their internet, their television, and to be left alone. They want the right to practice free speech, they want the right to a good lifestyle, and they want to be left alone. If we’re suddenly under a regime in which the government dictates your every move, all our freedoms in the pursuit of happiness evaporate.