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Daemon
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One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
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One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
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I guess it's like people who talk shit about others aren't any good themselves.
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True. This is a fact of life, but humanity rarely draws any lessons.
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I am afraid that may not be quite correct. One may, standing way back above a ditch, hold one down in it using a long pole. Drool
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Context from: An Address on Abraham Lincoln
Booker T. Washington
Before the Republican Club of New York City
February 12, 1909


Lincoln in his day was wise enough to recognize that which is true in the present and for all time: that in a state of slavery and ignorance man renders the lowest and most costly form of service to his fellows. In a state of freedom and enlightenment he renders the highest and most helpful form of service.

The world is fast learning that of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. One who goes through life with his eyes closed against all that is good in another race is weakened and circumscribed, as one who fights in a battle with one hand tied behind him. Lincoln was in the truest sense great because he unfettered himself. He climbed up out of the valley, where his vision was narrowed and weakened by the fog and miasma, onto the mountain top, where in a pure and unclouded atmosphere he could see the truth which enabled him to rate all men at their true worth. Growing out of this anniversary season and atmosphere, may there crystallize a resolve throughout the nation than on such a mountain the American people will strive to live.

We owe, then, to Lincoln physical freedom, moral freedom, and yet this is not all. There is a debt of gratitude which we as individuals, no matter of what race or nation, must recognize as due Abraham Lincoln — not for what he did as chief executive of the nation, but for what he did as a man. In his rise from the most abject poverty and ignorance to a position of high usefulness and power, he taught the world one of the greatest of all lessons. In fighting his own battle up from obscurity and squalor, he fought the battle of every other individual and race that is down, and so helped to pull up every other human who was down. People so often forget that by every inch that the lowest man crawls up he makes it easier for every other man to get up. Today, throughout the world, because Lincoln lived, struggled, and triumphed, every boy who is ignorant, is in poverty, is despised or discouraged, holds his head a little higher. His heart beats a little faster, his ambition to do something and be something is a little stronger, because Lincoln blazed the way.

Read more: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/an-address-on-abraham-lincoln/

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Daemon wrote:
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


Yeah. But I didn’t hear that this keenly poignant thought has ever stopped someone from doing its thing... What a pity, isn’t it?
Emel Rapchan
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One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.
- Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

No man can hold anyone else and avoid being caught by the same captivity.
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Daemon wrote:
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington
(1856-1915)


Sure they can. Give another man in the ditch plenty company, of every race and color, for Schadenfreude. Give them all 5 GB connectivity to social media to rejoice in each other's misery.
That alone should keep even the best of them in the same ditch, no need to hold them down.

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