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Old August 16 2012, 11:48 AM   #93
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Re: Re-watching Babylon 5 (* SPOILERS *)

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In the Kingdom of the Blind
I really wish I knew the title reference for this ep, because it's neat and I'd like to know where it came from.

The title alludes to a Latin proverb quoted by Erasmus: "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king".

An English proverb cited by John Ray in 1678 tells us that "a man were better be half blind than have both eyes out." Not only would he be able to avoid the ditch (fallen into by the blind leading the blind), he might find himself in a position if leadership. "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" is quoted in Erasmus' "Adagia," in 1536. We also see it in John Palsgrave's translation of the "Comedy of Acolastus." In 1522, in his "Why Come Yet Not to Court?" John Skelton tells us that: "an one eyed man is Well sighted when is is amonge blynde men."
"I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six."
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