Conditioned by the experience of oppressing others, any situation other than their former seems to them like oppression. Formerly, they could eat, dress, wear shoes, be educated, travel, and hear Beethoven; while millions did not eat, had no clothes or shoes, neither studied nor traveled, much less listened to Beethoven. Any restriction on this way of life, on the name of the rights of the community, appears to the former oppressor as a profound violation of their individual rights⏤although they had no respect for the millions who suffered and died of hunger, pain, sorrow, and despair.

Paulo Freire, 1970. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

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