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, 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.

Please note we take privacy very seriously and therefore also reserve the right to decline the publication of comments which may compromise the privacy of others.

4 thoughts on “Comments Policy

  1. This is absolutely inspiring! A true marker in this age of technology, for establishing a different way that we are able to ‘be’ and engage with humanity – love it!

  2. This feels like a very important and true point that I have not heard expressed so clearly before: “this is a question of free speech, because when speech is hateful or aggressive it intimidates others; it bullies them and inhibits them from speaking freely.”

  3. This is the kind of Comment Policy that ought to be adopted universally, and not just by Universal Medicine; demonstrating a true love for Humanity.

  4. Reading the comments policy, it struck me what you say that speech which bullies and intimidates another shuts down the space for them to speak freely and so we all lose – indeed free speech is speaking up in a way that allows for true discussion and response. It’s great to see a comments policy reflect and live this.

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