The most important freedom in the first amendment is the freedom of speech. It allows us to express our opinion and speak freely is essential to bring about change in society.I believe free speech has always been important because we used this freedom for a fight for change.this ability to speak but also to hear other voices to. Josie Timms states that “Freedom of speech is one of the most precious and important human rights. A free society depends on the free exchange of ideas. Nearly all ideas are capable of giving offence to someone. Many of the most important, profound ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin, caused great religious offence in their time.” To me this quote is important because without this freedom America wouldn’t be a free country .That the most important ideas that came from people used this freedom to say those kinds of words. If you look back in history you will see people like MLK or malcolm X say speeches to make a change to things like equal rights for non white people. The fundamental belief that the founding fathers had was that a guarantee of free speech to the people would result in a bunch of ideas in which the best ideas stood out from others. Free speech is the only way to get knowledge about the world. Perhaps the greatest discovery in human history.To truly appreciate the protection of these beliefs, we have to consider a time when citizens never had them. Imagine yourself living in Soviet Russia during Stalin’s rain in power. During this time, all course of dissent from citizens was punished brutally. From purges to death camps, anyone that disagreed with the Soviets was quickly silenced. Freedom of speech gives us the ability to fact check, to research, and to disagree with the government – and to then protects us by allowing anyone to speak out against it.Freedom of speech allows everyone the ability, and the encouragement, to challenge all beliefs. It presents the basic building block of every other virtue and human right we have.If we lose this important freedom, we will lose much more than just freedom of speech. We will lose our humanity.