Joseph Sheppherd (on power & knowledge)

“’Knowledge is power’, [parents] tell their children without pausing to consider how this attitude affects the whole of society….From childhood they are taught to believe that power is the ability to impose one’s will on someone else; however, in the absence of knowing what is important in life, one’s will becomes one’s whim. In reality, power becomes merely the ability to inconvenience someone else…”

Joseph Sheppherd, writer and anthropologist, speaking of Cameroon’s Ntumu tribe and its ways of wisdom, cited in Heather Cardin’s Mind, Heart & Spirit: Educators Speak


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