Loyalty

Berkeley, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:02 PM

A quote that my father told me around 2009, which he learned from my grandma:

Más vale un gramo de lealtad que un kilo de inteligencia.

The translation is more or less as follows:

One pound of loyalty worths more than a ton of intelligence.

I do not know much about Confucius, yet, and I do not know why C.S. Lewis (1944) quoted him in the opening of his book [1] as follows:

"The Master said, He who sets to work on a different strand destroys the whole fabric."
Confucius, Analects II. 16

But I fully agree and confirm with struggling experiences that proverb.

Cited references

[1] Lewis, C.S. (1944). The Abolition of Man. Harper Collins Publishers. [I refer to version printed in 2001 in New York. I get confused on how to cite well a classic, with that I mean a book that remains in print [2]. I think that provided the year 2001 upfront is misleading the original year on which the book was published. So I rather prefer to write upfront the original date, rather than the edition that I would be reading.

[2] “A classic is a book that remains in print” I borrowed or rather I am citing Rober Giroux (1998), who wrote it in the instruction to the 50 year edition of the book The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (1948). While I have not read yet the book, I read the wonderful and moving introduction that Giroux, who was Merton’s classmates at Columbia and later the one who accepted that manuscript for publication, while he was an editor at Harcourt Brace and Company. Prior Merton’s novels have been rejected. But the Seven Storey Mountain made it through, and became a classic. It almost did not make it, however, as it almost got a rejection from a Superior Benedict Abbey in France. But it made it. By the way the cited quoted at the beginning of this paragraph is Giroux citing his professor Mark Van Doren, who was also Merton’s professor.

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