I hope that you will really take to heart my encouragement to get writing even if you have something to say that I don’t agree with. I am not very much of a utilitarian to be entirely honest with you, but John Stuart Mill had something very important to say about freedom of expression and freedom of belief in his book, On Liberty.
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
This is a challenge, but this is an attitude I try to take to heart whenever I think about writing in particular. Rather than silence people who disagree with me, I would rather have them be able to make a case. I would then like to have the opportunity to make my own case. The reader can evaluate who made the better case. If you read something on my website and then you read a contrary case on the Huffington Post, you can weigh the relative merits of each case and decide which one is more convincing. I am obviously convinced that what I write is true because why else would I write it if I did not believe in it? However, you might not be decided on certain issues, and if all views are able to be presented as Mill advocated for, you will have the opportunity to read a variety of solutions to a given problem. By doing that, you will have the ability to determine which one is most consistent with reality and truth.
I know that a variety of people read this website, and I also know that some of you don’t agree with me. If you were to write, some of you could write things that are contrary to what I believe. I am prepared to take that risk. I attempt to make the best case I can for my positions, and I do that so ideally people will find it convincing. It is not of course foolproof. Sometimes you might find my case utterly ridiculous. However, I do my best, and I would rather have a free marketplace of ideas where I can do my best, you can do your best and the audience will be able to freely consider these important topics.
That’s what it ultimately comes down to for me.
They will not universally accepted since people do have the freedom to disagree, but just like the best businesses survive and thrive in a truly free market, the best ideas will do so as well. That is the environment I am trying to encourage. You can be a part of it as well if you present your ideas.