There is no such thing as part freedom – Mandela

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life.” M Gandhi.

This photo was taken in Mumbai.

Numerous human beings on every continent have spoken of the importance of freedom; the effects on social risk, mental health, general health, and on communities in general. Liberty is the most important protective factor to maintain bio-psycho-social risk; most considered expert in the field of deprivation of liberty, would agree.

“It is interesting that deprivation of liberty can occur and be maintained (since 2020 in many countries and without good clinical evidence supporting this), without one doctor, one lawyer saying ‘stop’, but tomorrow we will sell liberty to our children to defend us in war”, medical director.

“We need to think of our neighbours, we are not free, if they are not, because what happens next to us, will affect us, what happens on the other side of the world, will affect us. We should focus on education, providing people with tools to achieve their goals, not money, which evidence shows will only lead to more debt, and give people freedom and choice, autonomy, to prioritise protective factors in their lives and manage risk factors”, medical director.

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will”, Mandela.

“Give us the tools and we will finish the job”, Churchill

“Matters or poverty (or risk) are seldom complicated, we make it complicated, so that we can arrange several boards and have several meetings about it, and talk about it for years, it is the same with social risk and mental health, if the agenda is to manage the risk and provide solutions, the answer is seldom complicated”, child psychiatrist.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”, Mandela.

It is important to respect others, to not force anything for those with capacity to make decisions for themselves, or ridicule or humiliate – we teach our children by doing. “We teach kids not to tease the kid who eats different or wear glasses or talks different, why do we as adults believe we can do what we want”, GP and mother of 2.

In Medicine or Health, liberty can only be deprived in certain circumstances, and there are several policies, protocols and procedures in place to ensure, for every person, where liberty is deprived, that reviews and safeguards are in place, so that liberty is not deprived, for one moment, without clinical grounds. Most medical doctors agree that liberty has been deprived during the pandemic without clinical grounds. “A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred…”, Mandela.

“I was not born with a hunger to be free, I was born free.” “Freedom can never be taken for granted… Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.” Mandela

We need to stand up, speak up, for those without a voice, but we need to do this in a respectful and curious manner, always willing to learn. “Whenever you have truth, it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected”, M Gandhi.

“Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace”, Mandela.

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place”, M Gandhi, 1947.

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself, in the service of others. M Gandhi.

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