Censorship Doesn’t Equal Freedom

It bothers me when people demand their right to free speech, while at the same time trying to censor contradictory opinions.  I see this coming from both sides of the fence.

However, you can’t have freedom of speech and censorship.  They are contradictory terms.  Allowing this behavior will erode our freedoms and in the end we all lose.

What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Pain and Life

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.  (Charlie Chaplin) 

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.  (Joseph Campbell)

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.  I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have — life itself.  (Walter Anderson) 

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Stereotypes Stink

We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us, but also those that we have of ourselves.  – Shirley Chisholm

Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest.  When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart.  – Ed Koch 

Hammock Thoughts

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I was laying in the hammock and looking at the blue sky above me.  A few white clouds slowly passed over head.  Bees and butterflies were flittering around the yard.  Birds were in a tree nearby and signing a beautiful song.  The warmth of the sun radiated against my skin.

Everything seemed so peaceful and it bore down to my soul.  I felt tranquility flowing throughout my entire body.  I wondered to myself, why I rarely spend time in the hammock.

This is something I can and should enjoy more often in my life.  In fact, I think we all could benefit from having such a place in our lives.