“Knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom.” -Frederick Douglass
In terms of social status, Frederick Douglass was a “nobody.”
He was a poor illiterate slave.
Yet, he taught himself how to read, escaped from slavery, emerged as one of the central figures in the abolitionist movement, and became one of the most prolific and persuasive spokespersons for freedom.
My two favorite quotes by Douglass are as follows:
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
It’s easy to get trapped in the game of measuring ourselves and our possibilities against the perceived value of our starting point.
Douglass is a reminder that true prestige, real power, and lasting prosperity are the results of what a man makes of himself irrespective of the oppressive forces and practical disadvantages that surround him.
Knowledge will always occupy a higher space than limitation, and those who commit themselves to learning will enjoy the freedoms of that space.