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Emancipate yourself from mental slavery…

‘None but ourselves can free our minds’

This was taken from a speech in Nova Scotia by Marcus Garvey in 1937.

The speech was:

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind …

Garvey was right, the speech brings to our attention that although we may be free physically, most are still bound by mental duties. This could be prayer, feeling uneccesary guilt or superstition. We are controlled by what we think and how to think by those who actually think. 

We convince ourselves that this is what freedom feels like. We decide to pray and feel guilt and treat it as an option instead of a response to a threat. A true waste of freedom.

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