Posted by S. Ryan on April 15, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Please Help with This Quotation posted by ESC on April 10, 2003
: : There's a saying that goes some thing like, "The measure of a society is not in how it treats its elite, but in how it treats its lowest member". Any idea as to source and actual formulation of this statement?
: : Thanks in advance for any information.
: "Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members." From "My Several Worlds" by Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973). Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Seventeenth Edition.
I have also seen this as "... how it buries its dead."