In ethics on 24/06/2011 at 12:04 am

Trade is a decent and proper relationship, with dignity and respect on both sides. … It would have been easy, I dare say, for us to dazzle them with some of our technological conjuring tricks: to play back their recorded voice, or to have taken their picture on an instant camera; but when you’re faced with encounters like this, such tricks seem tawdry and trivial. It’s not that we can do these tricks, that they have [] quills through their nostrils, or that we happen to live on bits of cow’s meat wrapped up in a cunning way in bits of metal. It is not the differences between us that are important; it is the similarities. (Richard Attenborough, A Blank on the Map)


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