Posted by: JanF | May 3, 2011


Today’s post is a picture.

It is a picture that is worth a thousand words, indeed a picture related intrinsically to words. And the words say “people matter” and “we need good government”.

This is the front of the Boston Public Library near Copley Square. The words over the doorway are “FREE TO ALL”.

Not free to those who somehow deserve it more than others or those of a higher station in life: FREE TO ALL.

Not reduced price or just a few dollars: FREE TO ALL

Flanking the words “FREE TO ALL” are two statues.

The one on the left is a woman holding a globe and, along with the names, to me signifies Science.

The one on the right is a woman holding a paintbrush and pallette to me signifying Art.

The words that have been and are found in that building are the words of humankind, our words. Some of the words have inspired people to great inventions, some of the words have inspired people to great works of art. Other words have led to joy and sorrow and despair and hope.

But they are the shared words of us — We The People — and they are really and truly: FREE TO ALL.

(A version of this was originally posted on 05/03/2011 at BPI Campus)