Comments Policy

We welcome comments and questions. But of course we have some guidelines — one need only look at the comments section of a Youtube video to see that there are countless places on the web where anything goes — this is not that place. Genuine inquiry and interest, criticism and skepticism are welcome. Cynicism and outright aggressive comments on the other hand are not something we will waste white space on. There are enough sites on the web that cultivate and encourage a culture of complaining and bitching, frankly we find those sites boring. We care for humanity and in the interests of humanity we will not create or sustain environments that foster hate and offer little else.

And yes this is a question of protecting and honouring freedom of speech, because when speech is hateful or aggressive it intimidates others; it bullies them and inhibits them from speaking freely. Whatever criticisms are there to be expressed can be delivered without reaction and aggression. Since when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others? A society that allows this is not a free society, it is a society that is held hostage to cowards who troll sites and digitally pillage with no accountability. We don’t play ball with that. We ask for people to engage but to engage responsibly. Your considered contributions are valued and appreciated.

Please note we also reserve the right to decline the publication of comments that are purely self-promotional or which are designed to advance a predefined agenda or dogma, we find that comments of this nature are not conducive to open two-way conversation. This means no Scripture-spam please.

32 thoughts on “Comments Policy

  1. I agree, “when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others?” The formulation “freedom of speech” itself contains for me a deep respect for each other’s expression. This respect is a foundation to practice the freedom of speech in this world. Than it is an everyone and life-enhancing “rule” of living together. There is no freedom in violence of any kind in it’s intention. I very much agree with the clarity of the statement here.

  2. Wow! This is a comment policy that stops you in your tracks and asks you to be responsible for what you put out and respectful of yourself and others. Anything may go on other sites but the buck stops here. It is only by drawing a line in the sand that we are made to stop to consider if what has become normal is actually normal or acceptable.

  3. “Since when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others? “- I agree 100%. Abuse should not be tolerated. People need to be made accountable for what they write. Honesty and responsibility is important.

    1. Spot on Loretta. Only honesty and responsibility is not just important, it is critical if freedom of speech is to serve it true purpose. And this is what is often forgotten in the freedom of speech argument. We can have freedom of speech, and honour the right of every person to express as they see fit, and we can live in a system of total anarchy in that regard. But does it serve society to do so? Does it serve the whole? Unfortunately we have allowed the freedom of speech argument to be hijacked by those who see Freedom of Speech as nothing more than a conduit for their personal expression, not realising that there is a much deeper and more profound reason for freedom of speech to exist – and that is to ensure that Truth is not buried beneath a mountain of lies and corruption. True freedom of speech is an opportunity for society to come to mutual agreement on what is true for all – by presenting the opportunity for all to express and to discuss. It almost certainly is not the right to abuse, bully, intimidate, cajole, and intimidate, and yet ,that is exactly what we as a society have allowed it to become. Incredible to think – although not surprising – that the very means to exposing the corruption of society’s ways has become corrupted in itself.

  4. Wow, a very forthright comments policy! I love what you have said here about freedom of speech and how hate-speech and abuse is actually a hindrance to the truth of freedom of speech. People indeed need to be responsible for what they put out, and abuse should certainly not be tolerated in any environment.

  5. This is a beautifully refeshing site offering the opportunity for real honesty and truth with clarity simplicity and true love thank you.

  6. ‘one need only look at the comments section of a Youtube video to see that there are countless places on the web where anything goes — this is not that place.’ I love the absoluteness of this statement; the absence of unnecessary apology. I am finding more and more that when I am clear and absolute, and not uncertain in myself, it is far easier for people to hear and accept what I am saying.

    1. Well said Catherine Jones, once there were unsaid boundaries that were not to be crossed, now with the erosion of these standards we are left without a fundamental core of decency. It’s great to claim in your comments policy a structure that is free of abuse and supports true responsibility in expression.

  7. I love how you clearly outline the guidelines and the difference to this blog site to most other sites on the web where anything goes and where their is no censorship to what at times is just downright abuse that fosters hate and little else. You are showing the way and more blog sites should do this.

    1. Absolutely Mary-Louise, more blog sites should do this and get some real courage going on – assisting people to truly express and heal the wounds layed by many cyber-bullying / abuse online. It is time to put a stop to it with everyone around us.

  8. Gorgeous most real and respectfull comments policy I have ever read. This question is absolute gold : Since when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others?
    That is absolutely spot on. Answer: It should be not. Freedom of speech is in truth not all you can say(without any respect or consideration to others), that is called freedom of egoïsme. It is not just like sushi ” all you can eat”. And it is time to stop going on with all these sites, forums, channels that allow such harm/abuse and online bullying. It is up to all of them to make such comments policy’s like this. Then online discussing would start to be interesting and truly evolutionary. Look forward to it!

  9. A big compliment to the maintenance-crew of this website. The guide-lines are very straight and the comments wherever I go are expressions of love and appreciation. It feels to me like one big family – in the true sense. What I always miss is the pictures next to the comments. Our faces are such great reflections of the heavenly jewels that we are. Could it be possible to make them visible?

  10. It is wonderful to read these guidelines, it is great that they are here, and it is truly freeing to feel the space that is created for true expression to come forth.

  11. Thank you for this clearly stated policy – it lays such a strong foundation as to what will and will not be accepted here and inspires me to consider more my relationship with communication and expression, both via online interactivity and all relationships.

  12. Thank you for your exposition of your comments policy. A great role model for other websites to follow. A policy of true integrity, as Anne Marie commented.

  13. “Cynicism and outright aggressive comments on the other hand are not something we will waste white space on.” Thank you for your attention to your comments policy, it has provided a space for true freedom of speech.

  14. I am really appreciative of your comments policy and would like to see it as a model for other websites. Thank you for taking the care to initiate it and the time to moderate it so it remains a site to visit to truly learn, develop and gain understanding of others.

  15. “Whatever criticisms are there to be expressed can be delivered without reaction and aggression.”

    This statement is so important. It asks people to be accountable for their own personal ‘issues’ and encourages you to speak the truth, when feeling from within – and speaking out about what is not right, what is not OK….

    We need more of this on our internet.

    The comments section on this particular blog are so deeply touching. I personally attempt to make time to comment on each and every one (I haven’t got to all of them yet, but in time I will). Every woman’s writing has learning in it for me, for my own unfolding and developing more understanding for all women – and gives me much to reflect on. It is a beautiful gift of healing and I have deep appreciation for it.

  16. I love this policy, totally agree and love the comment “since when did freedom of speech become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others?” This is the most responsible blog I have come across to date and the comments that are here are from the same sense of integrity as the blog articles themselves!

  17. What I enjoy about the comments posted on this blog, is that they feel both beautifully supportive of the author and her expression and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to share with each other in such a way. Thank you for upholding this comments space in such a loving way.

  18. Thank you so much for the clarity presented here, ” Since when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others? A society that allows this is not a free society” This is absolute truth.
    Thanks for stating this truth so clearly and simply.
    Ariana Ray, UK

    1. True Ariana. We have become very adept at interpreting phrases to suit our own agendas – the abuse of what free speech means being one of them. This comments policy is great example of what True free speech is all about.

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