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LRM_EXPORT_118409055794936_20190121_085608822.jpegEvery time I’m on Twitter, my brain gets ready to see another stupid, insensitive or shallow tweet, comment or as they it is now euphemized “opinion”. I don’t have problem with people saying or speaking how they feel or what they think, I’m always curious about what people think and how they feel and it gives me joy when someone confidently raises their voice to speak. I, however, have a huge problem with people who justify the stupid words that spout from their mouths as “yen, yen, freedom of speech. I can say anything, is it your mouth?”

Honestly, the words that come from some people’s mouths need to be slapped out of their brains.

On Being Free To Have an Opinion.

You’re free and entitled to an opinion, you’re free to say Wizkid is new Fela. But first, where is your opinion coming from? Based on facts, and knowledge of what Wizkid has accomplished over the years, based on how he makes you feel? How he transports you to a new whole vibe? Based on his good singing voice and style, based on the awards, based on knowing who Fela is, like before you say Wizkid is the new Fela, is it because you really mean it, that you really think that if Fela was alive, he would say hey come Wizkid, I want to dash you my name OR IS IT based on you being a fan, a stan. Is it because you see him as an idol, because he reminds you of how popular you would like to be, is it because you wished he was your boyfriend or your brother or any other shallow reason?

Also, before you have an opinion like Wizkid is overrated. You are also free to say that too. But where is the opinion coming from? is it based on facts? Is he not good enough, compared to? Is it because you don’t find his music enjoyable or because you know people who can actually be him and be better if given the opportunity or IS IT because you wish you was him but you aren’t him, is it because the girl next door you don’t like much like him too much or the influencer you hate on twitter is always talking about him?

If your opinion is based on proper thinking and reason and facts, whether they agree or not. Bro, you are free to speak it, but when your opinion is from a shallow foundation, a faulty thinking. Bro, sit down and think again.

Freedom of Speech makes people lazy.

We misuse it a lot, this ‘freedom of speech’. Freedom of speech makes people lazy to think, they think that since everyone is free to talk, since anyone can say anything, they too, can say anything without knowledge, without thoughts, without ruminating and building up a foundation for their opinions. Thinking is hard work, speaking without thinking is laziness.
The point is your opinions matter only after proper thinking, after a solid foundation on the topic you speak of, your point matter if the root from where your opinion sprouts is nourished and watered with knowledge and awareness. If you’ve heard and read and listened.
Don’t come to say “Depression is for rich people or poor people are people who chose to the poor” because your opinion is based on ignorance or stupidity. Both can be cured.

Your opinions should come from a knowledgeable place, your opinion should be watered and groomed. Your opinion shouldn’t come out of nowhere. Especially when it comes to trending/ controversial topics.
Because something is trending and everyone is talking about it doesn’t mean you have to speak too, doesn’t mean you have to follow the trend. Think, look for facts, listen, read and grow your opinions.

Your opinions should come from a knowledgeable place, your opinion should be watered and groomed.

And don’t be scared when your opinions are unstable or changing, it’s a good sign. Sometimes you need to rebuild you opinions, sometimes you need to demolish it, sometimes you need to just repaint or furnish. As long as you’re learning and thinking and thinking and learning and thinking.

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Azeeza Adeowu

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    LOL. Angry much? I love your anger though ?
    I love how this is written, organized yet random and spontaneous. And especially the last paragraph ?

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      Bankole Adeowu says:

      This piece is topical and it’s timing is auspicious especially when people are spreading fake news all in the name of freedom of speech. The message is very revealing: Don’t spread falsehood, think before words drop from your mouth or before you shar analogue or digital information. I hope this write up gets to Federal Ministry of Information for enlightenment campaign purposes. Edit the work and it is good to go. Keep it up.

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        Ridwan Olalekan says:

        This is just a great piece of work. Every Nigerian should read make a thought about.

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      ?? Very Angry.
      I once felt like a hypocrite because my opinion about something changed after a while and then it happened again and again and I just realized it’s a good sign, it shows I’m learning.

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    This should be printed, pasted everywhere and even shared to people as pamphlets. Seriously, these days everyone thinks they are entitled to talk just because of the “freedom of speech” even if all they spew is balderdash. This is an awesome piece ❤

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      Thank you ?.
      Like I always cringe when people use ‘freedom of speech’ to support their ‘arguments’ as if it’s a ticket to say nonsense.

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    Ubah Adichie Pius says:

    The logic behind this argument is not sound. We all have the right to express ourselves, our thoughts and equally share our opinions, It is therefore left to the addressee to either accept or decline. Kant, in his theory of imperatives, says “treat humanity in the person of ur self or others always as an end and never a means to an end”. We can’t be always right in presenting our opinions but how do we intend to know that we’re not if we don’t share them?
    In Writing against ur opinion on FREEDOM OF SPEECH. the word ‘freedom’ itself has to be justified but one thing I believe in is the autonomous nature of human. Natural rights theory has developed a moral justification for human behaviours by looking at the nature of human beings. On this ground, we all have the express to right to speech.
    The tone u used in ur write up is one of discriminatory and it’s abruptly wrong to discriminate one for expressing ones natural right.

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      Hi Udah Adichie Pius,
      No one said you can’t express your opinion, no one said it’s not a natural right and no one said one opinion is right and the other is incorrect. That’s why I used Wizkid is Fela and Wizkid is overrated as an example. Never said one is correct and the other not, both may be correct depending on where the person is coming from.
      The argument here is whether the foundation of one’s opinion is sound and how freedom of speech may make people lazy to build a foundation for their opinions. Your opinion may be correct without a sound foundation. You shouldn’t go around saying Depression is for rich people if you don’t know about Mental Health and claim it’s your ‘natural’ right to express your opinion.
      And I honestly do not where and how my tone sounds ‘discriminatory’, perhaps you can expatiate.
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