Freedom of Speech, Value of Other Voices

There is wisdom built into the 1st Amendment of the US Government Constitution. That is the Right to Free Speech.

However, it must be noted that this is perhaps more than just a freedom. It is a hint of the implicit intelligence that arises from the value of multiple perspectives, including and perhaps especially dissenting points-of-view, which are critical to the evolution of the society we live in.

A perspective, whatever it is, has an inherent value. This goes far and above just the surface data that a perspective provides. It includes not just facts and figures but an overall context and underlying, visceral sense of another reality.

A perspective begs to be expressed. And…that perspective yearns to be heard. For instance, asking to hear someone else’s point of view on where we might be situated and what possible options lie in front of us, from their eyes — such a simple reflection gives us clarity in seeing more fully for ourselves who we are. Granted a perspective might not always be ‘broad’ or ‘well-informed’. But the value of a perspective is to provide a greater glimpse into the operating patterns of a person, group, or society — not necessarily to be somehow ‘right’. It offers inherent value as it is.

We can benefit greatly from ensuring we are continuously inviting in many different points of view to inform our life. The wisdom of multiple perspectives was partially, subtly recognized from the beginning of human history, and foundations of our governments, in various ways. However, I do feel this is the generation where we can finally take this inherent understanding to the fullest.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst