The imprisoned splendour

This week I discovered Apple’s “Migration Assistant,” an application that makes it easy to “migrate” everything from one’s old computer to a new one. The magical ease of transfer made me think we should put Apple in charge of US border issues, immigrant documentation, COVID passports, etc.

Several weeks ago, I began a humanoid version of this “migration transfer” of data. I’ve been sharing the quotes I long ago pasted in the inside covers of a small Bible. This post concludes that process, which has taken a bit longer than Apple’s app.

After the quotes were printed from my computer and pasted in the Bible, I added one that was hand-written. It was a quote from the preface to one of Howard Thurman’s books. I thought it was Thurman’s because it was not attributed. Later I learned that it was from Robert Browning.

Maybe Thurman thought everyone would know the source. It was new to me:

… to KNOW

Rather consists in opening out a way

whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,

Than in effecting entry for a light

Supposed to be without.

From “Imprisoned Splendour: Life with Mental Illness,” by Marie Marchand, Medium July 5, 2019

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