Every once in a while, I get a chance to go to “Poet’s Asylum.” It’s a weekly open mic/featured reading/poetry slam.
There is some really, really good stuff featured there. Really talented poet-performers expressing who they are and what they struggle with and how they see the world. They tend to be youngish and interested in pushing all sorts of envelopes.
They also tend to be lost, and there are days I look at the place like a bit of a missions field. But that’s another subject for another time.
The thing that’s on my mind tonight is what the host said as he began. As they always do, they decalred it a “free speech zone.” Warning folks that if they had trouble with certain language or content, they ought to leave before it began.
The thing that the host said that I liked so much last night, was this: He said, “This is a free speech zone. But free speech comes with a certain responsibility. Let’s keep this in mind tonight, too.”
So often we focus on our freedoms from responsibility. A certain view of freedom would go so far as to view them as opposites. To suggest that a certain freedom carries a resposibility with it, that’s a really insightful remark, and though I’m fairly confident that the host is not a Christian, it’s actually an insight quite consistent with lots of the wisdom I find in the bible.