URSULA K. LE GUIN from The Dispossessed
It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does
not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us
is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In
pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in
hope, we know our brotherhood.
We know it, because we have had to learn
it. We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no
hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand. And the hand that you
reach out is empty, as mine is. You have nothing. You possess nothing.
You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what