Prison is a severe and terrible punishment; but for me, thanks to arthur balfour, this was not so. I was much cheered on my arrival by the warder at the gate, who had to take particulars about me. He asked my religion, and i replied 'agnostic.' he asked how to spell it, and remarked with a sigh: 'well, there are many religions, but i suppose they all worship the same god.' this remark kept me cheerful for about a week.
Sometimes the crime follows the punishment, which only serves to prove the foresight of the great god." "that's what my grandmother used to say," said brutha automatically. "indeed? i would like to know more about this formidable lady." "she used to give me a thrashing every morning because i would certainly do something to deserve it during the day," said brutha. "a most complete understanding of the nature of mankind.
In that one slight motion, i see the end of hope, beginning of destruction of everything i hold dear in the world. i can't guess what form my punishment will take, how wide the net will be cast, but when it is finished there most likely be nothing left. so you would think that at this moment, i would be in utter despair.
And could i look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?
It is not only highly desirable but necessary that there should be legislation which shall carefully shield the interests of wage-workers, and which shall discriminate in favor of the honest and humane employer by removing the disadvantage under which he stands when compared with unscrupulous competitors who have no conscience and will do right only under fear of punishment.
But once a culture develops sufficiently to become skeptical, the idea of censorship becomes less attractive. To suppress a book or a picture or a sculpture or a play or a film is a terrible act of aggression against the artist who created it. This is a miming of capital punishment; it destroys the life that has been emanated by a life.