Thursday, 3 December 2015

PROVERBS 8

One of the intriguing things about these proverbs is when they reveal tensions with what we know of established norms in society (whether legal or religious), and, in extreme cases, where they reveal tensions between themselves.  It's so tempting when we study the past to simplify things, but the complexities of some of these proverbs show people to have worried and contradicted themselves when thinking about problematic issues like violence.  Here are a couple of strikingly different proverbs:

ON DOIT RECULER PER MEUS FERIR

(You need to take a step backwards to give a better punch)

source: wikipedia



ON DOIT SOUFRIR PACIEMMENT CE C'ON NE PEUT AMENDER SEINNEMENT

(One should patiently suffer what cannot be peacefully put right)

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