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The first few years of our existence are characterized by a wide range of activities, beliefs and commitments that are either inherited or thrust upon us. Rarely challenged to forge a path of our own, who we are becomes more or less the agglomeration of our environment and genetics.

Until, of course, that fateful period when the training wheels are ripped off and suddenly we’re under the pressure to find out ‘the right thing to do’ all by ourselves. Do we go to university? Do we entertain the same political beliefs as our parents? Do we flirt with other religions and gods or cast them aside altogether? …


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Quotes like this are nice but quickly fill us with a certain dread; the fact that we have, and will likely continue, to live for the future, attached to seemingly unshakeable contracts, deadlines and aspirations. …


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Psychiatrists aren’t usually thought of as revolutionaries. If anything, such a profession requires a strict compliance with disorder classification and a calculated treatment of human biology. Little room is made for revolutionary thought, philosophizing and Marxism. However, one psychiatrist, who inspired everyone from the Black Panthers to Che Guevara, is notably distinct from the rest. Frantz Fanon, who developed a psychiatric and philosophical system of ideas enmeshed in negritude, Marxism and existentialism, is the psychiatrist who started a revolution.

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Born on the French-colonized island of Martinique, Fanon was in a position of slim advantage in the year 1925. His family belonged to the black bourgeoise, a social group that enjoyed a sort of middle class privilege that was hard to come by for those who were colonized. Unfortunately, this came at a cost. His family followed certain principles to uphold their status such as the constant need to assimilate and identify with white French culture. …

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