The Right to Think

People should be allowed to think whatever they want to think, right?
And people should be allowed to say whatever they want to say, right?

So, it must logically follow that people should be allowed to DO whatever they want to do… right?

Take Adolph Hitler, for instance.
He should have been able to think whatever he wanted to think, and say whatever he wanted to say, and then do whatever he wanted to do, right?

And so he did.

And 50 million people died as a result…

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There is an internal fallacy in those kinds of statements, and it lies with the fact that JUDGMENT is always required to determine whether someone’s thinking, speech or action is correct or incorrect.

Because the simple truth is that people’s thoughts are often fuzzy, mistaken, or downright WRONG… and people commonly say whatever they think – even if it is fuzzy, mistaken, or downright wrong … and then act on whatever they say – even if that is fuzzy, mistaken, or downright wrong.

And the results of doing that are very often counter-productive, if not completely disastrous.

People should be able to think about robbing a bank, right?
And people should be able to talk about robbing a bank, right?
And so people should be able to just walk in and rob a bank, right?

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Wrong.

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So, whenever someone proclaims “People should be allowed to think whatever they want to think”, the correct response should be: “It depends on what they are thinking”. And likewise, when it comes to what someone SAYS, and most particularly in regards to what they actually DO.

Because otherwise, we wind up with Donald J. Trump as President, and concentration camps all over the United States of America.

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