Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Culture

Culture:
“Culture is the matrix on which the fragile human animal draws to remain socially healthy. As fish need the sea, culture, with its timeless reassurance and its seeming immortality, offsets for the frail human spirit the brevity, the careless accidentalness of life. An individual human life is easy to extinguish. Culture is leaned on as eternal. It flows large and old around its children. And it is very hard to kill. Its murder must be undertaken over hundreds of years of countless generations. Pains must be taken to snuff out every traditional practice, every alien word, every heaven-sent ritual, every pride, every connection of the soul, gone behind and reaching ahead. The carriers of the doomed culture must be ridiculed and debased and humiliated. This must be done to their mothers and their fathers, their children, their children’s children and their children after them. And there will come a time of mortal injury to all of their souls, and their culture will breathe no more. But they will not mourn its passing, for they will by then have forgotten that which they might have mourned.” -From, “The Debt” By: Randall Robinson

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Interrogation

Interrogation:
“The goal of any interrogation, by definition, is to elicit a confession from a guilty party, not to investigate the truth of a denial. The common tactics used to gain confessions are based on the idea that only guilty people are interrogated in the first place…Once they decide they are speaking with a guilty party the interrogation begins. Detectives often believe that they are experts at separating truth from lies, but studies have shown that this is a false confidence.” -From, “The Central Park Five” By: Sarah Burns

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Self-Sabotage

SELF-SABOTAGE:
“Self-sabotage takes many forms, such as quitting school, taking low-paying jobs, choosing a spouse who abuses you physically or verbally, spending more than you make, committing slow suicide with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, getting involved in crime, working yourself to illness or death, self-starvation, self-inflicting wounds, running away, dropping out, or engaging in behaviors that undermine your health, success, or relationships…We end self-sabotage only by taking responsibility for the choices and actions that created it…

You may not stretch for your goals because you don’t feel deserving of achieving them. Or you may stir up problems around you because you’re used to keeping life a little aggravating- because you don’t cope well with smooth sailing. Stay vigilant to be sure you are not sabotaging your efforts to achieve your goal because you aren’t yet certain that you deserve to do so.” -From, “Everyday Enlightenment” By: Dan Millman

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Factory

“The word ‘factory’ came into usage in the late sixteenth century as global trade expanded. Its root word was ‘factor,’ a synonym at the time for ‘merchant.’ A factory was therefore ‘an establishment for traders carrying on business in a foreign country.’ It was a merchant’s trading station.” -From, “The Slave Ship” By: Marcus Rediker

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