The right to free speech and the advantage of foresight

9 Nov

America is very proud of the right to “freedom of speech” and has been since it was built into the bill of rights as part of the constitution at its creation in 1787. You’ll often hear American’s proclaiming that they can say what they want under their right to freedom of speech, and that’s near enough to true but it confuses people.

I’m from Australia so I might not be 100% spot on here but I believe that under the American laws, you can say what you want (aside from threats and hate speech) but you still have to face consequences for what you’ve said. That might mean losing your job or getting kicked out of an organisation or whatever. Still, at least the citizens of America are entitled to say what’s on their mind if they so choose.

I wonder, however, if this sort of thing is what the founding fathers of America had in mind when they voted to include this right in their constitution…

That girl that is talking up a storm at the start of this video is making use of her right to freedom of speech, but she’s forgotten that you don’t get to go around mouthing off at people and smack them upside the head without the potential for a reprisal.

Personally, I don’t see much reason to go starting verbal battles on the train over someone’s choice of clothing. I don’t see any value to it. I don’t see any benefit to it. You’re already making the already mildly unpleasant experience of riding public transport worse by starting shit with a stranger.

When you go up and smack a phone out of someone’s hands, you should realise that the situation is getting worse, not better. When you smack a guy twice your size in the back of the head, you have to accept that this might not end well.

This is where foresight comes into it.

Do you realise that very few species are able to predict the future in the way humans can? It’s one of the greatest features of being human. It’s one of the key attributes which has allowed us to rise up and take control of this amazing little blue planet. It is what allows us to avoid harm and improve our prospects.

The instigator in this video is not making good use of foresight. She is instead, making use of her mouth and her hands to invade the space of quite a few people on that train. Foresight would tell someone not to mess with someone twice their size on a subway train in New York. Foresight would help you predict a potentially bad outcome from these events.

I don’t think that guy should have slapped her but that is a potential outcome when you go about hitting people, and she should’ve anticipated it rather than standing there astonished as that big open hand came blaring at her cheek.

I don’t know if the woman in the video is a crazy bitch. I do know that whole situation could have, and should have, been avoided.

Crazy bitch tip: think about what you’re doing and consider the potential ramifications of your behaviour before you act.

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