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"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."

-Heretics (1905)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"When we set the poor man free, it nearly always means that we set him free to learn from us. It ought to mean sometimes that we set him free to teach us."

Now there is about all ideas of emancipation or enlightenment, all preaching of freedom to the captive or giving sight to the blind, a certain recurrent perplexity or peril. And it is this: that the emancipator generally means one who brings his own special type of emancipation. The man bringing light brings his own special patent electric-light, and puts out all the previous candles. When we set the poor man free, it nearly always means that we set him free to learn from us. It ought to mean sometimes that we set him free to teach us. But we should be rather startled if he tried it on.

-August 1, 1908, Illustrated London News

3 comments:

coffee pot curve said...

This is true!

Mike said...

Yes, and something that is unfortunately all too easy to forget...

coffee pot curve said...

Yes and I think easy to forget. Learning from those once captive something to contemplate.