My name is Daniel Luke, and I alone write all of the content on this website. There is nothing I detest more than the abuse of power. I’m an expert on power, particularly the kind wielded by institutions over those who are too young, or too weak, or too insane, or too poor to resist its depredations. I’ve seen them all, close up, on one side of the fulcrum or the other: the courts, jails, prisons, orphanages, insane asylums, hospitals, schools, and so on—in capacities as varied as inmate, abandoned five-year-old, patient, nurse, and student. I do not bemoan my outcast state, but rather view it as a requisite condition to be able to collect all of the awful experiences that would confer upon a person a vantage point from which the view of reality could not be more crystal clear: from the bottom always looking up.
That said, please do not mistake me for a misanthrope, a cynic, or a pessimist. Neither Ignominy nor nobility observe class or background, and both seem to be evenly distributed through each layer of society. We all have our own, very good reasons for hatred and spite, but I will use those impulses to fuel a willful defiance to show love, and kindness to others.
For those who are happy and prosperous, I celebrate your happiness and prosperity. We all want the very same thing for ourselves. It would be hypocrisy, therefore to begrudge you this.
In many ways, I consider myself to be a very fortunate person, especially when I consider this quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
Luckily, I do not suffer from the disorder of being unable to love. If you, too, do not suffer from this disorder, I hope that you believe that a better society is possible, and is worth fighting for.