Bite-Sized Philosophy | Childhood

Kahlil Gibran on Why Parents Don’t Own Their Children

The Relationship Between Parent and Child Doesn’t Have to Be One of Ownership

R. C. Abbott
5 min readJul 12, 2021

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Black and white photo of a young girl is teary and speaking to a man who’s face we can’t see. The subtitle says: Your words don’t affect me anymore. The image is a screenshot from Robert Bresson’s film: Au Hasard Balthazar.
Photo credit: CriterionBabe. Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966, Robert Bresson

Kahlil Gibran’s beautiful work of poetic prose, The Prophet, has been beloved for generations. The story is exquisitely simple: Almustafa, a fictional prophet who…

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