Saturday, December 29, 2007

On Not Going Far

Consider this pair of colloquialisms: "He'll go far," and "He's not going anywhere." "He'll go far" is what approving elders say of promising youngsters. This is consistent with the popular notion that success can be measured in terms of the distance one has traveled from home. If, on the other hand, we say of a boy, "He's not going anywhere," we are not praising him for his steadfast loyalty but damning him as an ambition-less sluggard.

Me? I'd prefer my family to grow up not wanting to go anywhere Why is stripping a child of his attachment to place and family ("going far") considered something that would strengthen rather than enfeeble a boy?

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