Remember the danger that Dr. Ben Carson spoke of at the Prayer breakfast in Washington DC a few years ago? Dr. Carson warned, “We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended.”
If people are afraid to voice their concerns, or their ideology because they will be shouted down our nation will suffer the consequences. America has achieved its greatness in part because we have been an open society that allows many voices the chance to be heard, not the phony open society of progressives who only want to hear the echo of their own voices. Sadly, the danger Dr. Ben Carson spoke of has grown. We must all begin to speak out now, before we no longer can.
I recently completed reading Dinesh D’Souza’s book America, Imagine a World Without Her. The last chapter “Decline is a Choice” was especially alarming. It contemplates the possibility of a quick collapse of Western civilization. Those of us who value our individual freedom to pursue happiness and speak freely should consider this quote beneath the heading of this chapter and spread its warning to others.
“We are so used to the world being Western, even American, that we have little idea what it would be like if it was not” Martin Jacques, When China Rules the World.
I am not saying that “Western Civilization” has an exclusive understanding or desire for individual freedom. I think individual freedom is a natural right and desire of humans, no matter where they are born. But I also think there are many past, present and future tyrants who have and will try to take these natural freedoms away from individuals. If we do not recognize that and fight now to hold on to the right to speak freely, we may be forced to live under conditions of tyranny that others have suffered for much of humans existence in the world. We must not expect that these freedoms will always be there for us if we don’t value and protect them. At the very least, we should speak out for the rights of all to speak out, whether or not we always agree with what they are saying.
By - Diana Erbio