The freedom of exercising speech has more consequence than the freedom of exercising thinking because if someone makes a mistake when exercising his/her freedom to think, only that individual is harmed. One the other hand, when exercising the freedom of speech, the welfare of the society is at stake. The advantages and disadvantages of freedom of speech could affect the whole society. Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali writes: “The tongue is a beneficial and delicate gift, which regardless of its small size performs an extremely important job when it comes to rightfulness and wrongfulness. Remember, both disbelief and faith could be manifested with the tongue.

 

More Than Just Telling the Truth

Being honest isn't simply telling the truth. It is also about being sincere, about being candid and about being good. Remember therefore that …

  1. oIt is just as dishonest to deceive someone by half-truths as it is to lie. Be also aware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.
  2. oDo not add to the truth, because if you add to the truth, you subtract from it. [Talmud] The elegance of honesty needs no adornment. [author, Merry Browne]
  3. othose who tell the truth, only have to tell the truth once; those who lie will have to keep lying forever.
  4. oDo not abuse the truth as a tool to hurt. There are times when uninhibited and unvarnished honesty can be unkind, hurtful and even cruel. In extreme cases, people who have intimate knowledge of each other's physical or moral flaws use ‘honesty’ as a vicious weapon, especially during bitter breakups or divorces. From an ethical perspective this is indefensible. When the purpose of a communication is to injure, truth is no defense. A truth that's told with bad intent is worse than all the lies you can ~ [William Blake]
  5. oBe careful not be of those who are easy to accuse others while often excusing ourselves for the same wrong.

 

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