Archive for September, 2012

“The Silent Right”

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Comment

It is a civil right to remain silent, so they tell me,

Sure, it is one of the first things that the police services the world over say to you upon arrest..

And then on the other side of the coin, is the right to speak, the Freedom of speech..a valuable, and non negeotiable right in all correct thinking societies. Thus the Conundrum….we have a right to say nothing and to shout it from the rooftops…….Now, we as Human beings can legislate all we want, but we can only do that…we can’t make Silence or Speaking Out compulsory…we can only legislate for choice somehow.

So it transpired that about 2 years ago I decided to enter the realm of twitter, an incredible internet forum that allowed for exchanges of views, information, laughs, and opportunities to meet some great people. I initially started out on twitter as a Voice of protest, to the impending doom and gloom that we were experiencing financially now,alas, my protestestations may have been heard, but we still have the doom and gloom!!!

Ce la Vie.

Those 2 years have been incredibly rewarding, I have met some extraordinary people, some incredibily beautiful, kind hearted people, some fantastically inspiriational people, some people that have blown me away with their intelligence, be it academic, or humanistic, or both..and all through ‘the twitter’……and on very, very, rare occassions have I ventured from the virtual to the tangible world with some of these people. And I have never regretted it , except for once……..

You see, someone was following my account, and I was happily exchanging as you do in said forum, I was just trying to be a decent guy and be open to all conversation, debate, etc……good,bad , or indifferent….and this particulat tweeter began to contact me via DM… major problem with that….but sought my help…..without going into too much detail aroung the specifics…..I offered my phone number as this person seemed in need and for some reason chose Ol Voicey…….It appeared no one else would listen…..I did what I could, as I believe most decent people would do, and offered what I consider to be reasonable advice….and then when that advice was declined, informed Said Tweeter, that there was nothing else I could do….

I began to feel uncomfortable, something wasnt right, as usual with Ol Voicey, I tend to trust first and doubt second……and happily do so to this day by the way.

And so to cut a long story short, this resulted in some strange experiences that I had no desire to encounter, or would wish upon anyone else…suffice to say, phone calls that tend to suggest my terminality will be arranged are not my cup of tea.

All this was a year ago.

This person has appeared on my timeline since, and has tried to engage me, under a different account name, and I have just chosen to express my right to remain silent, to not engage, sure, the same thing happens to all of us on twitter, but apparently my right to choose how and who I engage, is not appreciated.But recently I was sent a link by this tweeter, and I have decided to Stand Down my twitter account. I know that this is sketchy in detail, but all I can ask you is to respect my decision for now.

If I may paraphrase @LeoTraynor’s blog…..I seek not to prosecute, but to be let to go about my business without hassle

And so, as much as this blog may sound confusing,which I can understand,due to lack of specifics,

I herby express my right to The Freedom of Speech to Be Silent from the Rooftops…

It is my Silent Right

Peace to all, and for those that have taken the time to show support, thankyou… know my appreciation is heartfelt