"But words will never hurt me." I'm curious what people think of this statement. I've noticed that there are many elements of society that push against language that is considered unsuitable for the public sphere or certain social circles. (ex: No vulgarities in children's programming, anti-hate speech laws that censor what view points are allowed in public debate, et cetera.) So, naturally, I'm going to ask some questions for the Iwaku community to satiate my curiosity for differing view points. Is it possible to hurt someone with words in such a way as to require laws to prevent it from occurring? How so? Do you live in a country with hate speech laws? If so, how effective do you think they are at preventing hate speech? Is offensive humour acceptable? Should there be any limitations to it? How should those limitations be enforced? Is it acceptable to employ hate speech, bullying, psychological manipulation, non-optional reeducation, or mass groups to attack/convince those with hateful views to change their ways? Why or why not? (Optional) Which is more important to you: The collective good, or the individual good? Do you promise not to turn this into a derpbate shitstorm? If not, I will sic my ferrets on you. As always with my threads, play nice, or don't play at all. I guarantee you mods are watching, and I won't be shy of reporting specific individuals for loathsome behaviour. Tolerate that other people have opinions you do not like, and leave them alone if you're just going to attack them. You can ask questions and discuss things, but don't try to attack each other on a personal level, or tell people that they're stupid for having their views. You want that shit? Become a politician, or join Reddit, or Tumblr. Thanks. I would post a happy ferret picture here, but I'm on my phone, so my internet capacity is limited. PS: For those who must know what my curiosity is for, its mostly role play related. Those who want to know more, just have to ask. I will be happy to reply, but otherwise, for the sake of neutrality, I will avoid posting my own thoughts, or choosing sides, or whatever else people do these days.