Open Communication

A major component of open communication is expressiveness, people’s desire to communicate knowledge regarding themselves, such as their emotions, through words or other artistic outlets. Expression is important not only as it helps people embrace freedom, but also as it allows the shared information to be viewed from different perspectives. Unfortunately, censorship, a method used to prevent the sharing and exchanging of thoughts and ideas, is often utilized as a tool of conformity to meet society’s norms and avoid controversial issues. It can be implemented through a variety of tactics and from various sources and perpetuated by administering preferential treatment to those who comply with society’s standards. Since it typically circumvents the truth and the reality of issues through an intolerance for allowing people to express their own viewpoints, it can create a society in which identification is lost. In order to promote awareness, education, and communities dedicated to making a difference, discussions regarding controversial issues must be confronted rather than averted. Yet, many people are openly ridiculed for showing a variance in beliefs and for not conforming to the thoughts and values of mainstream society. Moreover, they often face unjustified intimidation tactics, unfair punishment, and unequal treatment for sharing their unique principles. For people who are facing vulnerable times in their lives as they try to discover who they really are, intimidation and the pressure to fit in are powerful tactics which may cause them to shy away from formulating their own viewpoints, to fear letting their voices be heard, and to neglect being the positive difference that society needs. Additionally, as some people who are exposed to significant levels of censorship may choose to become reserved and reluctant to communicate since they believe that their viewpoints are unwelcomed and unimportant, tactics aimed at suppression can contribute to apathy and a lack of meaningful participation. As opposed to censorship, expression promotes communication and the sharing of various beliefs and viewpoints, as well as encourages active engagement within society. Additionally, expression facilitates social responsibility as it emphasizes that people must not only allow but also promote the variance of thoughts, ideas, and the exchange of words to help citizens become more productive. Through expression, people discover the significance of having discussions with other people. Moreover, by having a mindset to stay true to themselves rather than to conform to others’ standards, people often can contribute to an increase of knowledge through their confidence and willingness to participate in important issues. As people become more engaged in society through expression, we can begin to observe some of the changes that are needed in this world, such as tolerance, love, and the appreciation for one another.