“Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre,
but they are more deadly in the long run.”

-Mark Twain

3 Comments to “QOD”

  1. Hi, Discovered yout blog thanks to Beth!
    Just wanted to ask: what does this Mak Twain quote mean for you???
    cheers, I’ll be back!

  2. Hi Yves, It is sort of double-edged, isn’t it? That’s what I love about Twain…to me this quote means that if you lift people up out of poverty and ignorance, then those who take power (like our current administration) by exploiting people’s apathy and ignorance will be rendered impotent; and they’ll remain powerless for longer than when there is a reactionary upheaval (like our last congressional elections). Unfortunately we aren’t really any closer to providing soap and education to the world than we were when he said this.

    What do YOU think it means?

  3. OK, Yes, I understand the shift now. Doesn’t Twain mean also “Tyrants, don’t educate the people, you’ll end up being overthrowed?”, not just impotent, but massacred? Isn’t this a sort of appeal to the people to become educated if they want to free themselves from oppression?
    Nice talking to you,

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