To the Editor:
Free speech is for the most part colored by one’s perceptions and preconceived notions, and inevitably reflect a person’s enduring set of values.
In fact, it is reasonable to assume that free speech must always be evaluated in these contexts, considering that we are individuals expressing a point of view, which may reveal a particular profession or means of livelihood.
In many cases, a person’s enduring set of values crosses professional lines.
If we are alert to the expression of free speech, we are often surprised that an individual in her/his own right extols the enduring set of values expressed by a renowned person and follows that expression, often, with collaborating deeds.
This is often true of those enduring values like equality, respect for persons, promoting the cause of justice, protecting the earth’s environment, and preserving all that contributes to the utmost good of humanity.
Self-promotion is certainly out of the picture, that which is borne out of greed and selfishness.
To these ends, free speech is one of the most treasured assets we have as human beings because, as far as we know, we are the species endowed with the ability to speak what is in our heart, mind and our whole selves.