By: Chris Eads
It is every being's moral obligation to express his or her opinion in whatever matter may call for it, and even in those matters that don't. If the situation arises where some other person insults your beliefs or offends your senses, whether or not it is directed at you, you have the right, and obligation, to stand up and refute their words.
If the person whose ideal you refute becomes angry at you for expressing a counterpoint to them then they are not aware of this most basic, and unnoticed, human right. For if they were, they would not become enraged at the thought of someone having anger at their own point.
This in itself is a vicious circle of becoming angry at one another's opinions while you should not be. So this in itself is a paradox, you cannot get angry at another's belief without them becoming mad at yours. This is the origins of conformity, pacifists who deny conflict and go with the crowd and accept their ideas as their own.
But this is where the logic hits a snag, nobody can truly have the same idea. We can say we share the same idea, but we don't. We may accept the most basic form of the idea, but along the way we twist it to fit our mindset. No two beings may have the same idea without tearing their own moral fiber, and that within itself is a crime against humanity.
Denying who you are and compromising your core beliefs is the greatest atrocity one can inflict upon one's self. So no two beings may share the same exact belief without twisting it for their schemas. This is the point where my ideas and Thoreau's overlap, he was a brilliant man who understood the importance of self value and the preservation of one's true ideals.
Another point of contrition for me is that this essay may one day become a belief for others. That some human, somewhere will read this and say "This guy has a point, I'm going to live by this" But that would be going against what this essay teaches. That one day my idea may be twisted and deformed to fit someone else's schema is repugnant in its own right.
But then again, this is my opinion, and to express it is my moral obligation.