Just as The Karoo is a place of vast open spaces, where any direction may be the right one, so Debate.It offers the opportunity and possibility to explore ideas, opinions, views and solutions regarding Influential Leadership, a better and more meaningful life, and how to make South Africa a success.
While Karoo believes that there is often too much thoughtless talking and too little effective action, it is also the case that proper debates and conversations seem to be avoided, ignored, inhibited, or proscribed. (The reasons for this are certainly an important matter to debate!)
Karoo subscribes to the following fundamental principles regarding the right and responsibilities to freedom of expression, and using the Debate.It Platform:
- A representative and responsive democracy (whether in the home, relationships, teams, business, or country) is best suited to a free people;
- An open society that includes almost absolute freedom of expression is democracy at work; and
- An environment in which questions, differences, challenges and problems are solved through debate, reason, logic, empathy, and an evolved sense of personal responsibility is to be encouraged and culturalised by the members of that society.
While there are degrees of freedom of expression, Karoo avers that more is usually better than less.
However, maximum freedom comes with associated high levels of responsibility.
For people and institutions that appose this approach, I say that freedom to think, and to express considered views are hardly detrimental to the aspirations of people for a better and more meaningful life.
On the contrary, the world is replete with many examples where repression holds people back.
There need to be very persuasive reasons for any form of freedom to be constrained; the starting point should always be more rather than less.
To debate is a core element of freedom of expression; a debate is more than a sound-bite, or an off the cuff opinion or a social media outburst.
However, it is also not the intention of Debate.It to to be a space for academic-styled debates, rather it is intended to tackle real-world matters through conversations and dialogue.
To Debate is to:
Productive, truth-seeking debate requires unencumbered information, the contestation of ideas and opinions, many forms of diversity, critical thinking and the capacity to both influence and be influenced.
While each circumstance may be surrounded by many possibilities, getting close to its truth is improbable if the varieties of prospects are not examined through open and vigorous debate.
Karoo encourages opinions, questions, and solutions that better the lives of people.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
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