Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"...It's Evil to Remain Ignorant"

An excerpt from 'Restoring Hope' by Cornell West:

Cornell West - We've got a lot of male supremacy and homophobia and class arrogance and ignorance.

Maya Angelou - Ignorance. It's all ignorance. It's the path, it would seem, of least resistance. This is ignorance: I know there's a homeless person over to my right, but I'm going to pretend he's not there. And I just keep walking That's ignorance to pretend they don't exist, as if I am not like them. That's ignorance. Lack of courage, cowardliness. And courage the most importance of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can't be consistently fair or kind or generous or loving. You see?

So when I look at where ignorance lives, it lives in my inability to admit that I am a human being. And that nothing human can be alien to me And it's evil to remain ignorant.

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