Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

"Historical Saturday" Slavery Throughout History Egyptian Slavery All ancient civilizations engaged in the horrific practice of slavery. The primary source of slaves was war captives. Chattel slavery was accepted throughout the world for over 10,000 years. It was not until the abolitionist movement in America and Europe in the 18th Century that slavery became broadly … Continue reading Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

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

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”

Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

The “lockdowns” and “social distancing” of the 2020 pandemic left many of us isolated, bored, depressed, and discouraged.  Is this situation a misfortune or an opportunity?  Is the glass “half empty or half full?” Wise King Solomon observed, “There is nothing new under the sun.” In 1665, the Great Plague rampaged through Britain.  In London … Continue reading Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

Goethe – “Ignorance in action”

Great Quotes  “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” -Goethe Paraphrase: “There is nothing more frightening than an active ignorance.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer, statesman, poet, philosopher“Faust” is his most famous work -- a of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power.