Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 12, Part 26

Trey Smith

When the leper woman gives birth to a child in the dead of the night, she rushes to fetch a torch and examine it, trembling with terror lest it look like herself.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Parents want their children to have it better than them. They want their progeny to have the opportunity to progress to a higher level. I wonder if some parents these days -- particularly those of the unwashed masses -- feel somewhat like the leper woman above.

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