Saturday, February 24, 2007

"Go back and help your own people."

Anyone who has said that or thought it, "The Skin of the Sky" is the book to read.

If your an intellectual, you need space and traction and help to live as an intellectual.

If your natural thing is to be an intellectual, going back, after training in a place that has that space and traction and help, to a country that doesn't is a huge decision.

The gifted astronomer in "The Skin of the Sky" does the right and generous thing, in the opinion of many. He leaves Harvard in the thirties after training to go back to Mexico in the thirties.

"Why don't you go back and change your entire country?"