To even the least observant person on campus, it is quite obvious that at Colorado State University many people have decided to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly.
Throughout the menagerie on the plaza, between the half dead looking and sleep deprived students, you will see people dressed in strange clothing playing weird instruments and people yelling at others for perceived, yet unfounded sins. The raucous sounds of judgment, hatred and vileness spews pleasantly over the campus in a form of protest to the collegiate way of life.
We, as American citizens, have rights to the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly. This means that within specific parameters we are allowed to say what we are thinking and congregate to proliferate this message.
In some cases these protests can take the form of civil disobedience, which is a form of argument towards policy. In the case of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience in the form of the march on Washington broke laws, but peacefully solved one of the largest problems in our history. The spoken word and congregation of like minded individuals can be one of the greatest ways to create change possible and has shown time and time again that these changes can happen.
One would think that we would learn to do things peacefully.
But then you stand and listen for a moment to what these people are saying: threatening eternal damnation, yelling at students for their life choices and assuming (as most people do) that college students are simply horrid individuals. It should make you wonder how on Earth these threats would ever make anyone agree with what these people are saying.
I’m not saying that these people are extremists, psychotic, have no lives, that they should stop spewing hatred, that they should get a job, are a waste of space, that they are horrid parents for exposing their children and taking them out of school for a pointless vendetta, or any of the other things that may come to a person’s mind when these groups are seen on campus.
I’m not saying that and I would like to stress that if you read more into that, then those thoughts are on you, not me.
What I am saying is that we need to begin considering how we go about forwarding a message that we care about.
Whether it is a political message, a message about your individual beliefs, or anything else — the way that these pleasant individuals go about spewing vile pools of hatred towards people that they do not, nor will they most likely ever know, should serve as a warning to all of the people who come into contact with them that if you decide to inform people of your beliefs go about it in a peaceful manner.
Freedom of speech is a right that we have given to us by people who fought for it and came before us.
Don’t tarnish that right.
In some ways it makes sense, the most dangerous person in the world is not a person with a weapon, rather, it is a person who knows just enough to have an opinion. Before you decide that you have the only answer to whatever it is that has your knickers in a bunch, think about what you are saying and how you say it.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that does not mean we want to hear what yours is.
History has shown us the way to conduct ourselves, this is no longer the age of barbaric clans who bash one another over the head with clubs to solve problems. We live at the current peak of civilization and technology, so let us act like mature adults and stop trying to think with your fists, the only thing that aggressive tactics get is returned aggression.
If you are getting angry, that’s because you realize this article is pointed at you, but before you get angry, take a deep breath and use nice words to write in a reply at letters@Collegian.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Isaac Morley is a sophomore business and English double major. He is tired of hearing you yell at people. Follow him on Twitter @Isaac_Morley and reply (nicely) to letters@Collegian.com and you might get a guest column.