“… a world among worlds …”

To see ourselves as others see us can be eye-opening. To see others as sharing a nature with ourselves is merest decency. But it is from the far more difficult achievement of seeing ourselves amongst others, as a local example of the forms human life has locally taken, a case among cases, a world among worlds, that the largeness of mind – without which objectivity is self-congratulation and tolerance a sham – comes.

Geertz, C. 1983. Local Knowledge: further essays in interpretive anthropology. London: Perseus Books (cited without a page number in UNFPA’s 2008 State of World Population 2008 Report).


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