Musings on Freedom and Independence
Most people enjoy independence and freedom, whether this be in our thinking, in our way of work or in our association with friends, family and co-workers. There is a need to be respected and heard in schools, in hospitals, at work or in the public.
It is important to be able to freely speak our thoughts, to be listened to and to have our interests recognized and implemented in decision making so that we can feel heard.
We also love to share insights in matters that concern us and affect our friends, family and others in society.
Most of all, the ideal of freedom is to have our
“thoughts, insights and interests protected from undue interference from any authority or legislation of any law abridging our freedom of
speech and expression.”
Most people would like to be assured that their voices are heard and also play a role in governmental decision making, a political structure where this does happen is known as a democracy. With a more involved and informed public, who are active and can protests does help to minimize any impunity course which may arise due to greed, dishonesty, immoral ambitions or selfishness of our leaders.
But how do we go championing our concerns?
This site was initially established in 2005 and operated through to early 2013 by a radio station whose presenters volunteered the obligation of voicing the interests of the public.
“Voice of the Voiceless”
The presenter had great and interesting debates on matters affecting the public and also played a crucial role of sensitizing the general public of their constitutional rights and their stake in decisions made by the government and other authorities on their behalf.
The site is now being relaunched (still in progress) with better and more elaborate message that will make it possible for you to voice any concerns when you feel the government is wrong or you find your leaders overstepping their mandate or you notice any greed activities by your leader(s).
Do you know that you’ve got the right to engage in symbolic speech e.g. burning of portrait or image of your leader if you are aggrieved and you want your voice to be heard?
Do you know that you’ve got the right not to salute the flag of your country?
Do you know that as a student you’ve got the right to wear a black armband to school to protest against war? And you are allowed to wear it past your school gate?
Do you know that you’ve got the freedom of speech to use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
I’m Dr. Halls, and I’ve got the freedom to make quirky websites, AND, to provide information about serious topics like breast cancer, or lung cancer, or the stupidity of some diets. I’ve got the freedom to put goofy chatty characters and a Moose cartoon. Whether people think it’s good, or not, I just have to make myself feel proud of what I’m doing, and not worry about whether I’m pleasing everyone.