What you say can be used to hurt you is a phrase that you have probably heard used in many television and movie shows, and possibly in real life, but what does that really mean to you. Essentially, it means that the words that you choose to espouse, even though you’re allowed to say just about anything, have consequences. As a society, we have become a much more sensitive group of individuals. Although, while on the surface, this may not seem like a negative, when just about anything that you say can be deemed hurtful or worse, the time has come for us to seriously take a look at what kind of country we are and want to be.
There have been several cases, as of late, that have emphasized the need for us, as a nation to have a serious conversation. With such topics as gay marriage, sexism or racism, among many other schisms, getting more attention and the virulent backlash towards someone that disagrees with a groups point of view, exercising your point of view that is contrary to to the majority or minority, is getting more difficult. One of the beautiful things about our country is the idea that we can discuss topics openly in the public square without fear of the government. What has become acceptable, however, is the lack of discussion among the general population.
If the goal is to silence opposition, it seems to be going in that direction. Let’s talk to each other about things that we disagree with, in a civil manner. Let’s have the discussions that make us or others feel uncomfortable. Let’s get rid of the hate and let’s love instead. This is our collective country and we all live here. Will the differences disappear today? No, but if we can’t even begin the conversation, they never will.