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Emotional and psychological harm are less obvious because scars are unable to be detected using our physical senses Therefore as a society we are forced to make value judgements as to the severity of the damage that is inflicted When expressive tactics are used to inflict suffering The danger in making such value judgements lies in their application to peripheral situations because of the close tie that Bok refers to between our conferred rights of freedom of expression and our constitutional rights of freedom of speech We must be weary when laying down specific applications of law On the other hand an offensive expression regardless how repugnant does not necessarily inflict enduring damage to the object of its expression Moreover the indignation expressed quite often does more damage to the issuing party than it does to the intended and while distasteful the offender may be openly inflicting damage on himself Depends on the aggressive nature of the form of expression being used at any give time To simply say that we should carte blanch ignore every seeming act of expression would unfortunately invite a certain segment of the populace to feel that they may simply take advantage of certain cituations once they feel that they have figured out what degree they may carry an aggressive expression and not be held accountable for their action In most cases the best defense is a good offense However in the emotionally charged situations that seem to be the offshoot of such expressionistic behavior one cannot possibly predict the occurrence of said expressions There are a variety of occurrences and they are too diverse in their degree of intent so a preemptive strike is not valid or advisable Each individual
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