My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Our own counsel we will keep on who is ready. Yoda, The Phantom Menace (1998)
Whats depressing about this is not so much that George Lucas doesnt know what keeping ones own counsel means,* as that in eighteen years no one had the courage to tell Lucas hed made a mistake.
* Lucas evidently think keeping ones own counsel means deciding for oneself, when it actually means keeping ones thoughts and plans to oneself. And when youre in the middle of explaining that you think someone is not ready to be trained, you are precisely not keeping your thoughts to yourself on the matter.
It just occurs to me that I’ve been misusing the damn phrase all my life. Evidently, no one had the courage to tell me, either.
Courage? Knowledge? What’s the difference?
Courage is the knowledge of future goods and evils. Or so I hear.