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“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso.

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On addiction

".. addiction is not a moral failing, and it is more than a physical disease. It is a natural and predictable response to certain kinds of abuse perpetrated against certain kinds of people. The irony of our strict anti-drug laws is that we end up punishing people whose lives are already so bad that they’ve turned to drugs for relief. What we should
be doing instead, as they’ve done in some countries, is provide extra help, extra support, jobs, counseling, and, of course, community."
From: Twelve Steps & the Baha’i Faith

Fredrick Douglas – on abolition

"We talk of the irrepressible conflict and practically give the lie to our talk. We wage war against slaveholding rebels and yet protect and augment the motive, which has moved the slaveholders to rebellion. We strike at the effect and leave the cause unharmed. Fire will not burn it out of us. Water cannot wash it out of us—that this war with the slaveholders can never be brought to a desirable termination until slavery, the guilty cause of all our national troubles, has been totally and forever abolished."

It occures to me that savery still exists for the incarcerated, even under the constitution and that outside of the constitutional question of modern slavery, practical slavery still is at issue. If Douglas is right, one of the things that makes the country remain ill is the right and the wides-spread tendency to enslave. It’s not the only thing, and keep in mind that just as in the early days of indentured servitude while blacks suffer disproportionately, it isn’t only blacks who suffer under its yolk nor only whites who hold the whip. Yet the fact remains, practical slavery remains a barrier to national well-being, for the slave holder as for the slave. For the slave is sick of his life, and the slave-holder, sick in his soul.

Fredrick Douglas on the Civil War and slavery

"Any attempt now to separate the freedom of the slave from the victory of the Government over slaveholding rebels and traitors; any attempt to secure peace to the whites while leaving the blacks in chains; any attempt to heal the wounds of the Republic, while the deadly virus of slavery is left to poison the blood, will be labor lost. The American people and the Government at Washington may refuse to recognize it for a time; but the “inexorable logic of events” will force it upon them in the end; that the war now being waged in this land is a war for and against slavery"