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There is NO right to be heard


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Originally uploaded by Matt McCullough.

I have come to the realization that there is a right to free speech, but there is no right to be heard.

That is to say that as a free American, you have the right to say whatever you want. This is outlined in the constitution that our country is governed by. If you hate a specific group of people, you can say that you hate them. If you think that god does not exist, you can say that god does not exist. But NOWHERE in the constitution does it say, that people have to listen to you.

Pictured is a group of people that were on campus yesterday called “Operation Outreach”. They came to preach their Christian beliefs, such as the love of Jesus and why homosexuality is wrong. And of course this created a lot of people on the sidelines, yelling at them and asking them why they hate gays.

What these people didn’t realize is that these people can say whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean it is the truth. The truth is whatever you believe, not what someone else is saying. By arguing with these people, you grant them the right to be heard. By simply acknowledging that your beliefs are true, you can ignore them and take away their ability to be heard.

It is this reason that companies spend so much money on marketing departments and commercials. The right to be heard does not exist, and if people do not want to buy your product, there is nothing you can do but make it more enticing to the people that will grant you their ears and eyes.

Create your own truth, or find one that best fits you. But the right to be heard does not exist. You can speak your truth like these people did, And maybe some will listen. But speaking is not the same as being heard.

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4 responses

  1. This is a very interesting post. I keep coming back to it!
    What an intriguing way of looking at speech.

    So one must assess whether the cost of letting the opposition even be heard is worth the possible gain of tackling their points…

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 11:59 pm

  2. I suppose that is one way to look at it. But mainly I meant it like this. You have your opinion and person B has an opposing one. Person B can tell you all about opinion B, and maybe you will listen and offer an opposing view. But when person B speaks there is no guarantee that you will listen, and if you choose not to, their argument becomes meaningless.

    It also applies to censorship. Everyone wants to keep sex, drugs, and violence off of TV (and Youtube). And networks can take that stuff off the air if they want to, but really its all free speech. Viewers don’t seem to realize that there is no right to be heard, and if thats stuff they don’t want to see (or don’t want their children to see) they can block the channel or turn it off!

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:08 am

  3. Hmmm. All very good points!

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:25 am

  4. Pingback: A quick refresher on the right to be heard « Matthew McCullough on Wordpress

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