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Opinion: America / World needs Toastmasters
It's the age of communication and all is depressing. We're lonely in crowded conditions and cranky in our cars. We cower in fear of making offense while corporate data algorythms govern what we can see, hear and say. Our species has compiled more information today than in the total of the history of humankind.
We should all be sages and philosophers by now walking around ponificating and trying to impress. Hmmm... We stay glued to our devices, can't put them down.
Today's media mantra "Don't Make Waves" is most often provoked upon us by those making waves. Special interests fill the empty space between our ears with double talk, chatter, propaganda, dis and mis information and admonishments to always obey the ever-changing rules.
Who are these people?
U.S. Constitution › First Amendment
"The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government."
USA and the world needs communicators who defend freedom of speech and expression, not just for some, but for everyone. It's not negotiable, so why are we negotiating?
Americans are unique in the world with the honor and privilege of a Constitution that grants the right to speak our minds. No other country guarantees this right to an individual. Americans can disagree with authority and live to tell it to our grand children!
Toastmasters was founded to support and defend American values freedom of speech. Bill of Rights, First Ammendment, service to community, teach critical listening, defend freedom of Speech and Expression.
Be the individual not the sheep. Question authority, question claims, question simple solutions to complex issues. It is so easy to verify most claims, that's the frustrating part. We have collectively forgotten how to question, how to think for ourselves. We trust our aps to do the right thing, and they do not. Try visualizing "easy answers" as part of an ever tightening noose. That's what I do
Who else to slice through the fog of noise and fend off assaults upon freedom of expression than well-seasoned, well-reasoned Toastmasters?