Affected by delusions, he shot a man who he believed had broken into his room, and was consequently committed from 1872 to 1910 to a secure British psychiatric hospital. While incarcerated, Minor became an important contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Thank you, loved this: "We’ve been persuaded that large-scale communities require some people to give orders and others to follow them. But that’s only because states, smothering the globe like an airborne toxic event, have promoted themselves as a natural and inevitable development."
A way oversimplified, and often incorrect way of looking at history.
Also used a lot by Nazi's and other far right types.
"If we are going to lay strategies to confront the nonstate threats of the world we live in, we must first banish the mirages that prevent us from seeing and understanding both the strengths and the weaknesses of those threats accurately. We might start by abandoning the pretense that military strength is a product of either “hard times” or “strong men.”"
Lovely topic, showing how lucky we are that this little island has so much human history going back to prehistoric times. Many roads were also founded in the Iron Age well before the Romans arrived but that’s another story….:)
“ Tribesmen of the Bashilange dubbed themselves the Sons of Cannabis, and soon passed laws to promote peace and friendship. They rejected cannibalism and were no longer permitted to carry weapons in the village. They stopped killing their rivals, and started having more sex. Marijuana was smoked regularly and at most important events, including religious ceremonies, holidays, and political alliances. Formerly known for being cold-blooded killers, the Sons of Cannabis became tranquil marijuana-growing peacemakers”.
…except that that their formerly fearful rivals then over ran them so they had to go back to being warriors and cannibals! 🤷♂️…ah well, nice try!