Censored Communication

I have always known what I wanted to do when I grew up, I just didn’t know there was a name for it. I went through many phases; moments where I wanted to be an astronaut, an archeologist, a biologist, a spy, a pop star, an actress, a gymnast, a painter and the list goes on. I was very creative as you can see! It's funny because I have always been a very passionate person. When I decided to be an astronaut I was only in kindergarten and I remember it was after a project that I had in school in which I was talking about Pluto (back when it was still a planet). All I could think about was how I wanted to go visit the planets and how cool I looked with an astronaut helmet. Not long after that, I decided to be a pop star. That's when I started to sing and dance to everyone that crossed my way. Funny story, quite often people that knew me back when I was kid still remind me of those days — even if I don’t have a clue of who those people are, apparently they’ve seen me dance and sing before. Then, when I was around nine years old, I got really into Mexican "novelas" and wanted to be an actress. I actually sent emails to a bunch of TV stations asking them to hire me, but I still haven't heard anything back... I wonder why? Up until a few years ago I found out what I’ve always wanted to become; a journalist.

I was very curious little girl growing up and I loved getting to know people. I remember whenever I sat down with a stranger — strangers that my parents knew… hey, I wasn’t that reckless! — I would always ask them a bunch of questions about their life, their dreams, what made them happy, etc. You could say that I was interviewing them, but I didn’t know that at that time. One day I made a microphone out of a roll of toilet paper and a styrofoam ball. Let's just say I became unstoppable with my very own home-made microphone. I would see my mother cooking and I would tell her that she was on my TV show and she had to teach my viewers how to cook. I would create my own set and ask my little brother to record me with a VHS tape recorder — he was never too happy about it — and I kept on interviewing people. I had so much to talk about and I loved when someone would stop to listen to me. As I grew up I came to learn there was actually a name for all of that my heart was yearning for. It was a profession in which I would actually be paid to talk and share my opinions, that was the dream!

Since then I have been on a journey to become a journalist. Through it all, reality has knocked on my door and made me realize that speaking my heart out is almost entitled as offensive. We are living in a world that preaches about freedom of speech — theoretically "everyone" is entitled to their own opinions and they should respect different opinions — but what we see in practice is people being extremely judgmental of the opinion of others. This type of judgment can lead people to be afraid to speak up, and perhaps something even more dangerous where their judgment can lead others to second guess what they believe, and if they are not very certain of their own beliefs then they can be corrupted by someone else’s opinion. Pretty often I hear this “[that] all paths lead to God,” but ironically enough if one was to say that, "Christianity leads to God" it becomes unacceptable. It comes off as an offense and some might even take it as an attack. Our so called “free world” is full of suppression and it’s a world that associates being a Christian with something negative.  

Being a Christian within the communication business I have to deal with the fact that I am and will constantly have my opinion censored due to my faith. Yes, I have to deal with it, but thankfully I do not need to accept it. What our society has forgotten or simply doesn’t know is while the world condemns, Christ forgives. While the world is corrupt, Christ is justice. And while the world hurts, Christ heals. What many do not realize is Christians are not little saints that dictate what is right or wrong. Those who think that they have that power to do so are hypocrites and they do not represent me. Mark 2:17 says: “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Church is a place for the sick, where they find healing through God, a God that is the definition of Love. And this is what defines me and want to be associated with. I do not want to be labeled as a church-goer or by my religion. Religion does not defy whom I am and what I believe in. There are many churches and religions out there but there’s only one God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is eternal and His love is constant. I want to be known by my faith and actions, just as C.S Lewis wrote in his book Mere Christianity:  “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” I want people to see God in me so they can see His love in my life. I get to experience this genuine joy and freedom because God has set me free, and everyone is welcome to experience it too.

I believe God needs His people to be influent in this world so his word can be proclaimed and exalted. He enables us all with the power to be great. We just need to find the will and courage to accept the challenge to listen to His calling and being His follower. I am knowingly going against the flow, but I couldn’t be more certain that I’m on the right track, because God Almighty is by my side. By studying communication I learned that a good communicator successfully conveys a message, and I decided that I can only consider myself successful if I live to convey about the most important message, the message of Christ.



Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Beatriz Cavalcante, currently resides in New York City.

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