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It’s Only Really Worth Having if You Can Give It Away…

I found a quote at Slate which I have chosen to abstract from the particular and which I invite readers to think upon. The words in red indicate where I have elided some text so as to make the message more generalized.

They were flattered by the opinion, that they alone were the heirs of the truth, and they were apprehensive of diminishing the value of their knowledge, by sharing it too easily with the strangers of the earth.

Open source software and yoga came to mind. The great wealth of great teaching or great discovery is not what you hold inside once it’s been learnt. It’s a reminder that if your mode of thinking isn’t growing it’s dying.

This is why those who seek to fight fascism by behaving as fascists are poisoning the root of democratic progress. Children learn by example.

The descendants of Abraham were flattered by the opinion, that they alone were the heirs of the covenant, and they were apprehensive of diminishing the value of their inheritance, by sharing it too easily with the strangers of the earth.

–Edward Gibbon on why Judaism did not grow at the same rate as Christianity in Rome. Found at Slate in this page

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