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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

Words can have much more meaning to us when presented as part of a song. That’s one reason we turn to lyrics to express our moods. And that’s one reason “Redemption Song,” the acoustic ballad by Bob Marley on his 1980 album “Uprising,” is so moving to a range of listeners.

Marley was inspired by words in a speech by Marcus Garvey in 1937. Garvey said, “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind[…]”

So, I don’t have a quote, exactly. Today’s Wednesday Wisdom comes in the form of a song. Take a listen!

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