Replying to LO28598 --
Andrew Campbell < ACampnona@aol.com > writes:
>Dear At de Lange and LO,
>I have some unfamiliar writing here in front of me, on
>my desk. i want to share it among our peers.
>"- History reserves some of its greatest accolades for
>those who amidst tyranny and idolatry, remain true to
>what is deepest in their conscience. --For them,
>conscience and not circumstances is the final arbiter.
Greetings dear Andrew,
I wonder what I should say since you specifically address me.
I wonder why you have selected the topic World LO. What made you
link it to conscience? Is it that you ask for May in Gambia:
>Right now she needs help. Those whom she is serving
>need help. In serving these children she is serving you
>and me (WE) in the crucible of Africa. Learned people,
>inundate me with your entropy production and send
>assistance of the kind that i leave to your imagination.
Andrew, you know that i cannot send her material assistance. We
have locally just too many holes of poverty to plug up. So i will send
her the following spiritual assistance which you will kindly sent to her,
Dear May, lady with so much conscience. Conscience is more than its
root 'science' (Latin "scio"=know). The difference is that little prefix
"con-"=together. You knew about the immense want of children in
Gambia. But you went to them so that together their wants can be
overcome, step by step. The science which you are exploring, is not
trained at any university, nor is it reported in learned journals refereed
by peers. Your university is the precarious environment of these
children. Your science has to be learned only by working together
with those needing your care. Your science gets reported as the very
things which these children now are doing with knowing.
I have explored on occassions remote, harsh regions in our country,
also in Africa. Here i found how people have to make a living out of
very little and even less help from the outside. Sometimes i felt an
immense compulsion to stay there and become one of them so as to
guide them by learning in the doing. But i have other responsibilities
too. So i asked them to tell of their problems and then try to give
advice where possible. This i know, by repeated visits, had little
value since there was no doing with it. I found that praising them
in what they did accomplished, how little it seems to be for me,
worked better than advice.
The one problem which they never tell, but which becomes clear in
every discussion, is how to create best with what they do have to
create with. The loss of their creativity and subsequently their loss
in curiosity cause a pain in my spirit which lasts for weeks after
such a visit. Should I stay there together with them, it is the one
thing which I will focus permanently on -- helping them to discover
their creativity and regain their curiosity. I think it is what you are
also doing. Keep up with it because you are making the difference
together with them.
Andrew, you write:
>How blind are the blind? Soon we might
>know. And we can work in the meantime.
There are things we have to do together before we can be healed
from our blindness.
With care and best wishes
At de Lange <email@example.com> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa
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