Today I wanted to write something free of the boundaries that apply to most publications, because I’ve noticed that sometimes we can’t say all the stuff that we would like on them; it’s not their fault, our world has some rules to follow.
When I’m writing, I’m sometimes tempted to curse, or to defend unpopular opinions, something that I feel we should do more often.
MY DEFINITION OF A FREE SOCIETY IS A SOCIETY WHERE IT IS SAFE TO BE UNPOPULAR. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND, ESPECIALLY WHEN EVERYONE DISAGREES. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN EVERYONE ELSE’S BELIEFS STAND ELSEWHERE. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT AND BE PERFECTLY SAFE FROM THE OTHER FISH.
ADLAI EWING STEVENSON II (1900–1965)
Communication is what made us evolve from the ape, or at least, that’s what history books say. And the times when we’ve achieved to communicate without boundaries are when the genius of mankind has really showed-off.
And that’s one of the issues that drives me the most.
Why would I want to write what everyone else is writing right now?
I swear, I can’t stand that behaviour, it’s one of the most stupid in most places.
Like with novels: Every fucking time there’s a trend where it gets easier to get published; when Harry Potter began making a shitload of money, every single novel was about magical kids — don’t get me wrong, I really like Harry Potter, but I think that lots of people started to write about magic like crazy just to make some money.
When Fifty Shades of Gray made profits, every author was suddenly into BDSM. Yet sex is one of the biggest taboos, even in this hyper-sexualized society.
We hide some pieces as if they were something to be ashamed of, instead of making them available for everyone to read, to argue about them, to grow as a community. Darius Foroux wrote something really cool about speaking our minds.
We have the simple-minded belief that controlling what we say or write it’s the better way to a better world. As if that belief actually made any sense.
In other areas, this is common too. We don’t get the freedom to be who we really are, even though this society supposedly encourages us to do so.
“Be yourself, no, not that way”
Be it writing, singing, talking about politics, or wearing different socks, we love to judge each other, to drag ourselves down, which is a mistake.
We should instead encourage different ideas and debate between people, we should listen to them without judging or censoring them, but learning from others. We should reason our points and speak our minds (as long as it’s not just to harass someone).
If we keep dragging each other down into the mud, we’ll keep being hairy pigs.
In a Nutshell
We must dare to write whatever we want to write and be open to discussion, because in this polarized society of today, only a bridge built with different ideas and, why not, some F-bombs, might join us together again.
Originally published on Medium