"One evening, when I was yet in my nurse’s arms, I wanted to touch the
tea urn, which was boiling merrily... My nurse would have taken me away
from the urn, but my mother said 'Let him touch it.' So I touched it --
and that was my first lesson in the meaning of liberty."
John Ruskin
(1819-1900) British author, artist, social critic
The Story of Arachne, 1870
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 -- A.WOODS, Gloucester      
Smart mother. Nowadays CPS would be called, the child would be taken away, and the mother arrested.
 -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Don't forget the SWAT team Jim.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
  • 5
    jim and J Carlton, way too true, way too often !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
  • 4
    Liberty today is restricted to what Obama thinks is right and he has no idea of right or wrong.
     -- T. Johnson, Menifee, CA     
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     -- prh behn      
     -- Abigail, Newport      
    his awesome!!!!
     -- Anonymous, korea     
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    I don't know, if I were the child I might have turned around and said, "Hey! Why did you let me touch that! What good are you?" ;-) I'm not sure I would have learned the same lesson. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    That which nominally constitutes correction
    sometimes constitutes the most heinous corruption.

    Intention makes the defining difference.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    A case of ignorance presented as liberty.This is too reckless, endangering, and too soon. The child must be more equipped with language and an explanation of consequences should be provided. 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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