I begin by worshipping the gods, and try to conduct myself in such a way that in answer to my prayers I may have health and physical strength, esteem in the city, the affection of my friends, safety with honour in war, and wealth increased by honest means – Ischomachus, in the Oikonomikos, 11.8
In the modern western world, when we are faced with health problems that we can’t explain, we simply say it is undiagnosed. If it relates to emotions, or we cannot observe any physical symptoms, we call it mental illness.
A bogus naturopath, Laurence Perry, was convicted of manslaughter back in 2002. He was only sentenced to 12-15 months in jail. As early as 2007, there were credible reports that Laurence Perry was practicing again, in Decatur, Alabama. Then, in 2013, Laurence Perry had been reported to have been practicing “for several years” in North Carolina.
Dr Woods Hutchinson, a doctor and health writer, once calmly said that New York should be torn down and rebuilt in a manner “fit for human habitation.” According to the Columbus journal of Nebraska, he thought “the money for this purpose should be secured by confiscating the fortunes of millionaires as fast as they die.”
Not that the Columbus journal agreed with Dr Hutchinson, or the people who “know nothing, do nothing, [and] cheer themselves hoarse with his suggestion.”
One wonders if Dr Hutchinson were merely joking, and others merely laughing along with him. Then again, if you’ve ever been to certain parts of New York City, you might think he was being serious.
However, other stories show that people took the idea of dwellings being “fit for human habitation” very seriously. When landlord-politicians object to building codes that require homes to be “fit for human habitation,” you wonder whether these landlord-politicians know their history. Continue reading “What did “fit for human habitation” mean?”
We understand that the jails are full in some countries, that drug addiction is a disease that is not always best treated in prisons, and that it often seems that governments are losing the war against drugs. Some police officers have suggested that there are more effective ways to stop drug abuse than law enforcement.