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Be Intolerant of Ignorance but Understanding of Illiteracy – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Philosophy

As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations.

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