Quote of the week

Quote of the week – As a supplicant

“Tell her I come as a supplicant…”

Forty-five years ago, the writers of “Kojak” had thoughts on cultural divides that are still worth bearing in mind today. These words were proffered by Lieutenant Kojak for translation into Chinese for the benefit of an old lady whose help he needed.

“Tell her I come as a supplicant. Tell her I realise that a wall stands between us; that we are separated by more than language, and culture, and tradition: ignorance – and for that I am both guilty and ashamed.”