Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Pathway

Via 3 quarks daily, a vignette from the life of Frederick Douglass:

Douglass had a revelation about slavery when he overheard Hugh Auld explain to his wife about why she should not teach him to read. Auld explained that, "if you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him" and he would "become unmanageable, and of no value to his master." According to Douglass: "I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty -- to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man.... From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom." Douglass realized that there was power in learning to read.
Sapere aude, or to put it in very updated terms, yes we can:

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