We Are All Refugees Now, II

“Suppose a man be on the shore beholding a shipwreck, it will move him somewhat, yet truly not without an inward tickling of the mind, because he sees other men’s danger, himself being in security. But if he in person were in that distressed ship, he would be touched with another manner of grief. Even so verily is it in this case, let us say, or make what show we list to the contrary: “For we bewail our own misfortunes earnestly and from the heart, but public calamities in words only and for fashion’s sake (Pindar, 476 B.C.E., Nemea 1. 53-54).” —Justus Lipsius, On Constancy, 1584 C.E.

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