Quote #275 “I guess you call this love”

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Paulo Freire, in The Politics of Education, 1985 (apparently)

3 replies on “Quote #275 “I guess you call this love””

I’ve thought about this issue: power disparities are likely to be a source of bias in the information you recieve, as the powerful have more resources to put accross their side of the story. If you haven’t got time to try to correct for it by deliberately seeking out the perspective of the helpless, it might be wise to just apply a correction factor.

Hence just assume that the poor and lowly are 10% more righteous than you generally get the impression from the media and talking to people, and the rich and high in office are 10% more evil. Or something.

My form tutor at school had a poster with this quote on it. I always liked it, so remember the wording exactly – unfortunately not who it was attributed to! It was on the wall of our classroom in 1980.

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