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    Declaration of the Rights of Man - 1789 
    Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789

    The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, unalienable, and sacred rights of man, in order that this declaration, being constantly before all the members of the Social body, shall remind them continually of their rights and duties; in order that the acts of the legislative power, as well as those of the executive power, may be compared at any moment with the objects and purposes of all political institutions and may thus be more respected, and, lastly, in order that the grievances of the citizens, based hereafter upon simple and incontestable principles, shall tend to the maintenance of the constitution and redound to the happiness of all. Therefore the National Assembly recognizes and proclaims, in the presence and under the auspices of the Supreme Being, the following rights of man and of the citizen:

    Articles:

    1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.

    2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.

    3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation.

    4. Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.

    5. Law can only prohibit such actions as are hurtful to society. Nothing may be prevented which is not forbidden by law, and no one may be forced to do anything not provided for by law.

    6. Law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, are equally eligible to all dignities and to all public positions and occupations, according to their abilities, and without distinction except that of their virtues and talents.

    7. No person shall be accused, arrested, or imprisoned except in the cases and according to the forms prescribed by law. Any one soliciting, transmitting, executing, or causing to be executed, any arbitrary order, shall be punished. But any citizen summoned or arrested in virtue of the law shall submit without delay, as resistance constitutes an offense.

    8. The law shall provide for such punishments only as are strictly and obviously necessary, and no one shall suffer punishment except it be legally inflicted in virtue of a law passed and promulgated before the commission of the offense.

    9. As all persons are held innocent until they shall have been declared guilty, if arrest shall be deemed indispensable, all harshness not essential to the securing of the prisoner’s person shall be severely repressed by law.

    10. No one shall be disquieted on account of his opinions, including his religious views, provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established by law.

    11. The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.

    12. The security of the rights of man and of the citizen requires public military forces. These forces are, therefore, established for the good of all and not for the personal advantage of those to whom they shall be intrusted.

    13. A common contribution is essential for the maintenance of the public forces and for the cost of administration. This should be equitably distributed among all the citizens in proportion to their means.

    14. All the citizens have a right to decide, either personally or by their representatives, as to the necessity of the public contribution; to grant this freely; to know to what uses it is put; and to fix the proportion, the mode of assessment and of collection and the duration of the taxes.

    15. Society has the right to require of every public agent an account of his administration.

    16. A society in which the observance of the law is not assured, nor the separation of powers defined, has no constitution at all.

    17. Since property is an inviolable and sacred right, no one shall be deprived thereof except where public necessity, legally determined, shall clearly demand it, and then only on condition that the owner shall have been previously and equitably indemnified.

    THE AVALON PROJECT Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

    Lillian Goldman Law Library

    Yale Law School

    — 7 months ago
    penamerican:

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    penamerican:

    On January 15th, Ilham Tohti was arrested in his Beijing home for “promoting separatism.” Tohti—an academic, writer, and activist—has not been heard from since. Take action now to help PEN secure his release.

    http://ow.ly/tjOmy
    — 7 months ago with 10 notes
    madvocate:

scienceofeds:

psychhealth:

mixedblack-manifesto:

psychhealth:

sprintingbackwards:

psychhealth:

No no no n i in o i h n ino n o n o NO.These are not facts. People with depression do not necessarily see the world more realistically or have a “better” perspective on life. And so many other things are not true on here. If we really want to educate people about the realities of mental illness, we *must* be educated ourselves. What these sorts of post do is further lump people into categories and perpetuate stereotypes, which is the last thing we need to do.

I’m appalled that this has so many notes. Do people really believe this garbage?
Where did these “facts” even come from?
Depressives are smarter than whom? People with ADHD are three times more likely than whom to form their own businesses? Bipolars are four times more creative than whom?
And then we have random standards like “better perspective”, “more realistic”, “doubly compelled”, “doubly strong intuition” and so on. None of this makes a lick of sense.
There’s nothing wrong with looking for silver linings, but this is not that - this is fiction. Objectifying, misleading, and dehumanizing fiction. People with mental illnesses are just people…with mental illnesses. They aren’t special. Or magical. Or “super”. 
Frankly, I think it’s rather disgusting to categorize symptoms of illness that cause real and pervasive distress and disruption in people’s lives as advantages. I mean, really? 
Suggesting that someone in the grips of OCD-fueled compulsion is “determined” is like congratulating an anorexic on her “skinny” body shape - in both situations, it’s not a lifestyle choice…it’s a prison.
Depressed people don’t necessarily have “a better perspective”, in fact many have the inability to view the world objectively at all and instead are trapped within a poisoned version of reality. 
And anxiety is a profoundly self-focused state of mind (that’s why we feel anxious, we can’t separate ourselves from the potential disasters and consequences of reality), why would that suggest a heightened sense of empathy or understanding? 
I could go on but why bother. 
As often as I see people bitching and moaning about the glorification of mental illness I rarely see it actually happening. Well it’s happening here. THIS is the glorification of mental illness and it’s crap. Complete and utter fuming shit.

^^

Some people who have a mental illness romanticize it to cope. Your point?
Now, I’m not going to speak for everybody who does have a mental illness but I know that I personally feel /good/ about the thoughts on anxiety disorders. It makes me feel like there is something that I’ve been blessed with despite my illness. It’s kind of a self-affirmation that gives me something to work with beside the hashed out ‘well you’re suffering from a disorder you poor soul’ narrative.
Furthermore, most people who have been reblogging and agreeing with these posts are other people who are affected by these disorders. I’ve been seeing it go around and a lot of people are even requesting that this expanded on other illnesses like schizophrenia and personality disorders because they want that kind of affirmation, too.
Even if you don’t agree with it, there are people who may glorify/romanticize their own mental illness as a coping strategy. While it may not be your preferred method of dealing with a mental disorder, you don’t get to have a say so on how other people try and deal.
(Also, nobody said this shit was ‘scientific’ and ‘objective’. I don’t know why you’re trying to apply some sort of critical lens to this, because that was not the point of this post.  We’re reaffirming ourselves in a way that makes us feel good, /despite/ having these illnesses. Coping strategies like this is similar to people who reclaim slurs used by them and take pride in what they are as a way to overturn the oppressive narrative.)

I don’t have a problem with the romanticization. I have a problem with the fact that most of these are sweeping generalizations based off of stereotypes of mental illness, and taking comfort in these statements that aren’t even necessarily true does not seem like a very adaptive coping skill to me.
Furthermore, because we are all different people, the same mental illness can manifest differently in different people. There are people with ADHD who are lazy and those who are driven. The links between depression and intelligence and bipolar disorder and creativity are not very well supported. And what if you don’t have any of the listed “superpowers”? Wouldn’t you feel left out or excluded from the very community you want to be a part of? Mental illnesses are not personality traits, they are mental illnesses, so I don’t see the need to attach personality traits to them.
And my overarching point: we are individuals. We are more than just our mental illnesses. So why settle on a generic positive personality trait when you have so many awesome characteristics that make you who you are? Who cares what your mental illness who has to offer you? What do you have to offer you? What are your strengths?

LOL.
Statements that are made to sound like facts require references. Period. I don’t even doubt that you can find studies supporting a bunch of those claims. 
But seriously, “Also, nobody said this shit was ‘scientific’ and ‘objective’”??
The fucking image says facts.
There’s this thing called critical thinking. It is kinda important.

Holy shit, how does this have so many notes? I am genuinely terrified right now.

    madvocate:

    scienceofeds:

    psychhealth:

    mixedblack-manifesto:

    psychhealth:

    sprintingbackwards:

    psychhealth:

    No no no n i in o i h n ino n o n o NO.

    These are not facts. People with depression do not necessarily see the world more realistically or have a “better” perspective on life. And so many other things are not true on here.

    If we really want to educate people about the realities of mental illness, we *must* be educated ourselves. What these sorts of post do is further lump people into categories and perpetuate stereotypes, which is the last thing we need to do.

    I’m appalled that this has so many notes. Do people really believe this garbage?

    Where did these “facts” even come from?

    Depressives are smarter than whom?
    People with ADHD are three times more likely than whom to form their own businesses?
    Bipolars are four times more creative than whom?

    And then we have random standards like “better perspective”, “more realistic”, “doubly compelled”, “doubly strong intuition” and so on. None of this makes a lick of sense.

    There’s nothing wrong with looking for silver linings, but this is not that - this is fiction. Objectifying, misleading, and dehumanizing fiction. People with mental illnesses are just people…with mental illnesses. They aren’t special. Or magical. Or “super”. 

    Frankly, I think it’s rather disgusting to categorize symptoms of illness that cause real and pervasive distress and disruption in people’s lives as advantages. I mean, really?

    Suggesting that someone in the grips of OCD-fueled compulsion is “determined” is like congratulating an anorexic on her “skinny” body shape - in both situations, it’s not a lifestyle choice…it’s a prison.

    Depressed people don’t necessarily have “a better perspective”, in fact many have the inability to view the world objectively at all and instead are trapped within a poisoned version of reality.

    And anxiety is a profoundly self-focused state of mind (that’s why we feel anxious, we can’t separate ourselves from the potential disasters and consequences of reality), why would that suggest a heightened sense of empathy or understanding?

    I could go on but why bother. 

    As often as I see people bitching and moaning about the glorification of mental illness I rarely see it actually happening. Well it’s happening here. THIS is the glorification of mental illness and it’s crap. Complete and utter fuming shit.

    ^^

    Some people who have a mental illness romanticize it to cope. Your point?

    Now, I’m not going to speak for everybody who does have a mental illness but I know that I personally feel /good/ about the thoughts on anxiety disorders. It makes me feel like there is something that I’ve been blessed with despite my illness. It’s kind of a self-affirmation that gives me something to work with beside the hashed out ‘well you’re suffering from a disorder you poor soul’ narrative.

    Furthermore, most people who have been reblogging and agreeing with these posts are other people who are affected by these disorders. I’ve been seeing it go around and a lot of people are even requesting that this expanded on other illnesses like schizophrenia and personality disorders because they want that kind of affirmation, too.

    Even if you don’t agree with it, there are people who may glorify/romanticize their own mental illness as a coping strategy. While it may not be your preferred method of dealing with a mental disorder, you don’t get to have a say so on how other people try and deal.

    (Also, nobody said this shit was ‘scientific’ and ‘objective’. I don’t know why you’re trying to apply some sort of critical lens to this, because that was not the point of this post.  We’re reaffirming ourselves in a way that makes us feel good, /despite/ having these illnesses. Coping strategies like this is similar to people who reclaim slurs used by them and take pride in what they are as a way to overturn the oppressive narrative.)

    I don’t have a problem with the romanticization. I have a problem with the fact that most of these are sweeping generalizations based off of stereotypes of mental illness, and taking comfort in these statements that aren’t even necessarily true does not seem like a very adaptive coping skill to me.

    Furthermore, because we are all different people, the same mental illness can manifest differently in different people. There are people with ADHD who are lazy and those who are driven. The links between depression and intelligence and bipolar disorder and creativity are not very well supported. And what if you don’t have any of the listed “superpowers”? Wouldn’t you feel left out or excluded from the very community you want to be a part of? Mental illnesses are not personality traits, they are mental illnesses, so I don’t see the need to attach personality traits to them.

    And my overarching point: we are individuals. We are more than just our mental illnesses. So why settle on a generic positive personality trait when you have so many awesome characteristics that make you who you are? Who cares what your mental illness who has to offer you? What do you have to offer you? What are your strengths?

    LOL.

    Statements that are made to sound like facts require references. Period. I don’t even doubt that you can find studies supporting a bunch of those claims. 

    But seriously,Also, nobody said this shit was ‘scientific’ and ‘objective’”??

    The fucking image says facts.

    There’s this thing called critical thinking. It is kinda important.

    Holy shit, how does this have so many notes? I am genuinely terrified right now.

    (Source: broken-cactus)

    — 7 months ago with 54636 notes
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    Introduction to Visual Thinking 
    Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video

    John McNamara, UC Berkeley

    — 7 months ago
    duggo81:

#OutFromOutWhere

Amon Tobin

    duggo81:

    #OutFromOutWhere

    Amon Tobin

    (Source: amontobinhq)

    — 7 months ago with 35 notes