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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. — John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

There is seldom a clear, structured solution to complex problems; there never will be, and to believe so is extreme hubris. So do not listen to critics who proclaim that your positions or protests are without merit unless they are accompanied by a clear solution. It is also unnecessary that everyone be of the same opinion, so do not listen to critics who say your opinions are invalid because they are inconsistent. The inconsistent world can only be understood through inconsistent thinking. Systemic problems have systemic solutions; what we broke together we must fix together, and the best ideas for change will only emerge through the process of dialogue. This is what "it begins with each" of us means. We must be secure within ourselves to be open. When we are secure within ourselves enough to be open to others, it creates more security within them, to be open to us. This is how the sharing ideas works best, and open-minded critical thinkers should always be willing to engage in dialogue, despite any differences of opinion.

Consider each mind as a flower, which goes through its own cycles of growth, budding, bloom and decay. Somewhere along the path, the cerebral flower of the mind comes into full bloom, and through dialogue with others and cross-communication begins a wondrous process of cross-pollination with other mind-flowers. Before you know it, new flowers with new colors, patterns and shapes begin to emerge everywhere; idea-flowers which have never existed before, not even in our wildest imagination. This process exposes the genius of natural designs and laws which are far beyond our weak intellect's comprehension. What is essential is that we come together in community and communicate, and do so as respectfully as possible. The change will emerge on its own, and will carry the unique imprints of each participant forward into the mysterious creation of that which is beyond imagination — a new world.

True evolution is beyond the myopic sight of political thought-forms, or empty clamor and rebellion. True evolution is a journey into the vast gateway of new vocabularies, concepts and even expanded understandings of life itself. It is about taking those new vocabularies, which often belong to new generations, and speaking new languages, and through those languages, creating new narratives; narratives that could have never been expressed without those many new constructs.

For last year's words belong to last year's language / And next year's words await another voice. — T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding, II.4

We may at times encounter resistance, and find new understandings to be a source of fear and confusion, yet as human creatures we are nonetheless deeply compelled to evolve, and this is an inexorable and natural process. The process of social evolution is a natural emergence, based on free communities of social interaction and communications. This underscores one of the reasons why freedom of expression and freedom of peaceable assembly must remain sacrosanct. This is especially true of dissenting opinions and acts of absolute opposition and defiance against injustice. It is everyone's duty to oppose all forms of injustice, particularly the act of trying to silence the exchanging of ideas in relevant venues, where difficult, and even painful dialogue so desperately is needed. The higher-mind universally condemns any use of force, which seeks to intimidate, impede, or squelch free expression and peaceful assembly by those wishing to enter into the conversation of change. It is hardly possible to conceive of any act more disturbing than the intimidation of another free person. It is unimaginable that any person or group would dare to touch another person's body, or dare lay a hand upon a free, human being merely wishing to express themselves. It is unconscionable! We must always stand in solidarity and in absolute defiance against such acts of intimidation. Unless you are harming someone, you should never be touched or intimidated. Never stand by and allow a hand of intimidation to be placed upon the sacred and free body of an unwilling participant, nor allow a monster to reach into the mind or heart, and silence a free soul, with fear and threat of liberty lost. The most cunning enemy comes at your energy, image, or name, but the base and ignorant brute, the foul pig of a despot launches his whole selfish being — mind and body upon you, to suffocate your freedom. No law should allow or promote the silencing of opinions, or the directing or disbanding of peaceable assembly. Strangled in the clutch of brute intimidation, we are all made victims; first by the foul deed, and second by those good souls who do nothing to oppose it. Any law, or law body enabling injustice, must be reformed, and must be relentlessly ignored, with loving contempt.

Humanity is full of beautiful people; unique and precious, each of us are fine, worthy and wondrous beings. Every person has something meaningful to say in the conversation of life. Let people speak. Let people disagree. Communicate. Listen. Have high-respect, if not for your opponent, then for your own comportment and conduct as a good listener. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice. As free as you allow others to be, such freedom you create for yourself. We each have a miraculous capacity within our mind to evolve and to learn new ways of understanding. The great procession of life's challenges and conflicts ever advance, and every difficult moment is a new opportunity for each of us to showcase the evolved state of humanity we all wish to see. When you close your eyes to what apparently "is," and look inward to the infinite truth of what is possible through imagination, you will discover vast landscapes of uncharted territory, clear open spaces for all people to exist together in harmony. We can build these beautiful visions together, through respect. The essential respect is the one in your own heart for yourself. The expansion of your own consciousness, capacity for love, humility and compassion — this is the path; this is the way.

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The inconsistent world can only be understood through inconsistent thinking.
Systemic problems have systemic solutions; what we broke together we must fix together, and the best ideas for change will only emerge through the process of dialogue.
We must be secure within ourselves to be open.
When we are secure within ourselves enough to be open to others, it creates more security within them, to be open to us.
Open-minded critical thinkers should always be willing to engage in dialogue, despite any differences of opinion.
What is essential is that we come together in community and communicate, and do so as respectfully as possible.
True evolution is beyond the myopic sight of political thought-forms, or empty clamor and rebellion.
True evolution is a journey into the vast gateway of new vocabularies, concepts and even expanded understandings of life itself.
Freedom of expression and freedom of peaceable assembly must remain sacrosanct.
It is hardly possible to conceive of any act more disturbing than the intimidation of another free person.
It is unimaginable that any person or group would dare to touch another person's body, or dare lay a hand upon a free, human being merely wishing to express themselves.
Never stand by and allow a hand of intimidation to be placed upon the sacred and free body of an unwilling participant.
The most cunning enemy comes at your energy, image, or name, but the base and ignorant brute, the foul pig of a despot launches his whole selfish being — mind and body upon you, to suffocate your freedom.
No law should allow or promote the silencing of opinions, or the directing or disbanding of peaceable assembly.
Strangled in the clutch of brute intimidation, we are all made victims; first by the foul deed, and second by those good souls who do nothing to oppose it.
Any law, or law body enabling injustice, must be reformed, and must be relentlessly ignored, with loving contempt.
Humanity is full of beautiful people; unique and precious, each of us are fine, worthy and wondrous beings.
Every person has something meaningful to say in the conversation of life.
Let people speak. Let people disagree. Communicate. Listen.
Have high-respect, if not for your opponent, then for your own comportment and conduct as a good listener.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.
As free as you allow others to be, such freedom you create for yourself.
We each have a miraculous capacity within our mind to evolve and to learn new ways of understanding.
The great procession of life's challenges and conflicts ever advance, and every difficult moment is a new opportunity for each of us to showcase the evolved state of humanity we all wish to see.
Close your eyes to what apparently "is," and look inward to the infinite truth of what is possible through imagination.
We can build beautiful visions together, through respect.
The essential respect is the one in your own heart for yourself.
The expansion of your own consciousness, capacity for love, humility and compassion — this is the path; this is the way.
Never stand by and allow a hand of intimidation to be placed upon the sacred and free body of an unwilling participant, nor allow a monster to reach into the mind or heart, and silence a free soul, with fear and threat of liberty lost.
Free expression is the master catalyst of change.
Each mind is a flower, which goes through its own cycles of growth, budding, bloom and decay.
Revolution is about taking new vocabularies, which often belong to new generations, and speaking new languages, and through those languages, creating new narratives; narratives that could have never been expressed without those many new constructs.
Never allow a monster to reach into the mind or heart, and silence a free soul, with fear and threat of liberty lost.
Any law, or law body inhibiting free expression, must be reformed, and must be relentlessly ignored, with loving contempt.

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
It is imperative that we have both, its importance put it first in our constitution. Without different new ideas, we would never progress.

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Melinda Lilbeats Griffith - Facebook
being able to say what your mind an herat wants to makes you diffrent from people..it gives you the chance to say what others are scared to say or express...It's the only thing in this world we do not have to pay money for but can pay for it in other ways if the wrong things are said or expressed so its really true nothing in life is free not even our voice or expression

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Deborah Sue McNeese - Facebook
Keeps us free to be free!

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Craig Bohannon - Facebook
I think if you have to ask the question you won't believe or understand the reason.

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
Without how boring life would be.

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate free speech. Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 - )

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Patricia Williams Russell - Facebook
Free speech and free expression are inherent rights died for daily. There is no freedom without them. Multitudes take to the streets, willing to risk all for the most basic right of giving voice to their beliefs, hopes and opinions. Humankind won't have peace without both.

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Bonnie David - Facebook
Either freedom of speech and expression or suppression of speech and expression as in Iran and the Middle East! The end result is people being abused, imprisoned and tortured (men and women alike)!

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Bonnie David - Facebook
How can one give birth to one's authentic voice if one is condemned and encouraged to suppress and repress one's true voice?

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
Speech is the mirror of the mind. Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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Linda J Owens - Facebook
Well, without it there wouldn't be Facebook.

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
Well I didn't get to finish early, I think freedom of speak is important because it defines who we are it lets people feel like what they think is important. Without freedom of speech we are at a place we were 300 years ago....

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Ralphael Prepetit - Facebook
Freedom of speech allows for the unfettered expression of the human spirit. And as such it is as important a right as any, perhaps even the pinnacle right. In my estimation freedom of speech and freedom of expression are one in the same. There cannot be one without the other as expression is a form of speech, and speech a form of expression. Any attempt to mitigate or curtail speech no matter how incendiary or vulgar is on it's face dangerous. More dangerous than the expression it moves to quell.

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
Respect for one another

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Tina Larson-Fugere - Facebook
A world where no one is suffering from hunger or illnesses that have a cure.

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Daniel C Kopf - Facebook
The Golden Rule to rule. Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

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Deborah Sue McNeese - Facebook
Love!

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PEACE.

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
Compassion, respect for each other and their beliefs

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
Bryant McGill you of all people know the answer to this one.

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
I think he likes to hear people's opinions, I love his questions. Love reading everyones answers.

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
I do too Kim.

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
He is an amazing man.

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Patricia Williams Russell - Facebook
An abundance of food. My soul aches to know mothers and fathers hold their babies as their life slips away because they have no nourishment.

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Nicholas S Smith - Facebook
A truly honest and incorruptible man become president and put us back on track

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
Yes, he is..very genuine.

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
I can say I have known him for a long time and is has always been amazing.

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
Hunting Easter eggs and Holidays at my Grannys.

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Bonnie David - Facebook
Less competition and more collaboration!

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Sarah Forouzan - Facebook
Very important everyone has a voice and an opinion

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Dawn Younce - Facebook
World peace!

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
To not be able to voice my opinion would be like swallowing a scream. It would feel like a pressure cooker.

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Kim Tramel - Facebook
Compassion

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Lourdes LaVeau Bowman - Facebook
Respect for each other

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Fred Schiemann - Facebook
Just a hug from a loved one everyday is as real as it gets for me. That includes from pets too.

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Linda Partee - Facebook
a simple peace among people of all race

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Yolanda Johnson - Facebook
Peace and Love. I love you Bryant McGillMcGill! Always have.

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Damien Valerian Cross - Facebook
Pure Freedom and Respect thereof

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Christa Mcfarland - Facebook
respect of our terra. All else would fall in. place.

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Jason Gregory Sheppard-Hoffmann - Facebook
Hoverboards.

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Linda J Owens - Facebook
All that cool stuff in Star Trek.

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Eliminate plastic bags from our environment-

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Abel Noah Tomlinson - Facebook
Establishment of the divine Law of love as the political modis operandi for the planet

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Debi Lee - Facebook
'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked

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you mean its all not real?

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An end to war.

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A world without poverty.

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Actual truth, transparency, & accountability among our global leaders.

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Love! that is all there is.. and if we all realized that this world would be a different place we would not have to wish for anything else.

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The end of poverty or the cure for aids n cancer

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no more pain or illness! Just radiant health for all!

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The real person in each of us

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Trust

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people being intelligent

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People to be real to each other, and that would change most the other things to being real

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Integrity.

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Women not being portrayed as sex objects.

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peace




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