Saturday, July 7, 2012

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

Frederick Douglass

(Frederick Douglass was a slave who escaped -- by praying with his legs he means he left his master. His point, more broadly, is that the oppressed have the right and obligation to act -- mere acquiescence to oppression will merely continue the oppression. Note passive resistance and civil disobedience (followed by punishment) is not mere acquiescence)


The Rat said...

His point may be the much simpler God helps those who help themselves. Remember the joke about the man who prayed to win the lottery? The punchline, God says meet me half way and buy a ticket.

I think yo may be reading too much into that on sentence.

James C Morton said...

Rat, you may well be right. Perhaps my politics was colouring my reading?

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