It’s Independence Day! You Are Free to Make a Fool of Yourself

Happy Independence Day!

Two hundred and thirty-six years after the first, fateful one in our country’s history, this much is true: we are free to say (pretty much) whatever we want.

That also means we are free to make an utter spectacle of ourselves–and I don’t mean in a good way.

We’ve heard it so many times, in so many forms, that it must sound like white noise after awhile: watch what you say, think before you speak, you can’t take back those words.

And the Internet has just magnified the truth of those trite sayings.

Pre-Internet, when you pondered what effect your words would have on those around you, the universe of “around” was relatively limited. Now, as we all know, the universe has become, well, the universe–or at least planet Earth.

Our ability to transmit our thoughts into words that go global? It’s limited only by our keystroke speed.

Take last week, when the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling about Obamacare. In the immediate aftermath, certain Democratic National Committee leaders couldn’t—or chose not to—put a filter on whatever passed through their brain and into their finger

Republicans are equally proficient at inserting their clumsy feet into their over-sized mouths, too. I’m not taking sides here. Whether in the political arena, or any other corner of our day-to-day lives, we are all prone to mess up.

In the case of the DNC duo, both deleted their tweets. However, in this era of equally rapid-fire screenshots, the damage had been done. Like the words that leave our lips, there’s no taking them back.

I am in need of constant reminder to T.H.I.N.K. before I speak.

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