Quote by John Churton Collins
If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find.
This quote suggests that if people were aware of each other's deeply-held secrets, there would be a sense of comfort and understanding among them. Knowing someone's secrets implies a level of trust and intimacy, where individuals can be vulnerable and authentic with each other. By sharing secrets, the quote implies that people can empathize and relate to each other's experiences, leading to a deeper connection and comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggles or innermost feelings.
The effort to remold, in one's own life, the culture one has grown into is heavy with danger. The searcher is likely to be treated as a criminal or a madman, condemned and criticized by his own society, ridiculed, even persecuted. Even if he is more fortunate--even if he is simply ignored by others--he must begin his struggle as a cripple. For to consciously reject the generalized attitudes' of the parent society is to reject positive reference points that have helped him evaluate his actions and accomplishments.This is the price of freedom on the peripheries. We are able to free ourselves from our parent culture only by destroying parts of ourselves, much as an animal might escape the hunter's trap by gnawing off its own leg. But unlike the wounded animal, the detached person is doubly crippled; however he mutilates himself, he will never quite be free of the trap but will carry it with him in his new freedom.