Wednesday, August 11, 2010

To Guard

And now, since we have come together so unusually, let us lead no common life; let us work together in a noble manner, and for noble purposes! It is inconceivable how much a man of true culture can accomplish for himself and others, if without attempting to rule, he can be the guardian over many; can induce them to do that in season, which they are at any rate disposed enough to do; can guide them to their objects, which in general they see with due distinctness, though they miss the road to them. 
- Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What are noble purposes?

What makes a man possess true culture?

What are the boundaries of being a guardian?

What makes a person disposed to do anything?

How do we know which road to travel?

Does it matter if we miss it?

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