The primary objective of deBate.it is to solicit considered, informed and thoughtful solutions that make South Africa and the world better for more people.
The focus of the debates must be leadership across all our social domains.
The dialogue must be constructive, offering and testing solutions for our lives, homes, work-places, teams, businesses, governments and country. A deBate.it is not chat-chat, it is not a sound bite, it is not thoughtless banter, or posturing.
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 that are able to exercise influential Leadership;
- An open society that includes almost absolute freedom of expression is democracy at work. While there are degrees of freedom of expression, Karoo avers that more is usually better than less; and
- It is a healthy environment when questions, differences, views, problems and solutions are put to the test through debate, reason, logic, empathy, and an evolved sense of personal responsibility. Maximum freedom comes with associated high levels of personal 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 from the better life they seek.
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.