A couple days ago I caught bits of a National Geographic show about religious cults in the US. It’s such a weird feeling to watch someone else talk with such certainty about an idea that you think is absolutely ludicrous. When the interviewer asked some of the teenage kids if they might have been brainwashed, they erupted into fits of laughter. “Brain-washed?” said one girl, “As in our brains have been washed of our previously unclean thoughts, yes!”

Right now, I’m looking at a quote-of-the-day blackboad at Charmers Cafe. Today’s quote, written in orange chalk is: “Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.” – Germaine Greer