"I've been thinking a lot about prisons of various kinds as laboratories for connections. By definition, a prisoner is somebody cut off from the relationships they would prefer to live with. So in a very very very broad sense, almost anyone is a prisoner. Wittgenstein thought he was a prisoner of his family's wealth, etc. Many religious people believe their soul is a prisoner of the flesh. But when people become acutely aware of their "prison situation" really interesting things happen. I am thinking of Malcolm X, Saint Francis of Assisi, the Marquis de Sade, and a dozen feminist writers like Sand and C-P-Gilman etc. imprisoned by "the yellow wallpaper" of male expectations and rules, etc. I am thining about the Taoist relationship to ornamentation... by cutting back some things, other things are given room to grow. So many millions of people simply rot in prisons ... but some also bloom into new and dangerous life... and i am wondering what makes that crucial difference."
(from Conversation 18 Sept.2021)