Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

The word “addiction” comes from the Latin “addictus” meaning “slave.”  In ancient Rome, an “addictus” was a “debt slave.”  He or she was a person who was enslaved by a creditor because of a debt. Once the debt was paid, the slave was freed.  (This is the same philosophy underlying “debtor’s prison.”) The Roman Myth … Continue reading Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

(Post Script to previous article: "Extreme Spite: Man spent 19 years in a Israeli prison rather than agree to a divorce.") This phrase "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face," means “to do something that is meant to harm someone else, but also harms the person who does it.” The suggested origin of this … Continue reading Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

Recent Riots & History of “Read the Riot Act”

"I read him the riot act," means "a stern reprimand or warning of consequences." Riots of 2020 In 2020, the gatherings in Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis, turned to into violence and looting. At some point the police make the announcement: “This has been declared a riot.  Disperse immediately or you will be arrested.” The crowd … Continue reading Recent Riots & History of “Read the Riot Act”