Sunday, 16 November 2014

Society must protect children - sometimes from their parents

Check out the whole story in the Toronto Star

Our court failed this child and failed society. The doctors (though never perfect) believe that this patient's best chance of survival is chemo not boiled tree roots and whiffs of smoke. Society must always trump parent when it comes to protecting children.

“What man loses by the social contract is his natural liberty and an unlimited right to everything he tries to get and succeeds in getting; what he gains is civil liberty and the proprietorship of all he possesses. If we are to avoid mistake in weighing one against the other, we must clearly distinguish natural liberty, which is bounded only by the strength of the individual, from civil liberty, which is limited by the general will; and possession, which is merely the effect of force or the right of the first occupier, from property, which can be founded only on a positive title.”

... Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

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