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“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

I know that bit of wisdom isn’t a gem the Lawton family can exclusively lay claim to, though I can still hear it rather clearly from my mother – and another variation from her mother.

It’s important advice in lots of areas, not the least of which being the exercising of the right to free speech and the embrace of other liberties we hold dear.  Society functions best when people have the latitude to choose their words and actions, even with the understanding some will choose the wrong ones.

This process is what Lord Moulton called the domain of manners – the space between what one is forbidden to do, like murdering or stealing, and what one would find morally benign to do, like drinking a coffee or walking down the street.

As a free speech advocate, it’s always an important balance.  The line at which I believe speech should be censored is miles higher than the one at which I think people should decide on their own to shut their traps.

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