A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better
than silver or gold
"If you're ever put at gunpoint, and the gunman says, 'Your name or your money,' give the robber your money and keep your name, especially if it's a meaningful, good name.
"That's how much people should cherish their names. Slave masters must have known the value of personal names to identify and esteem a people. That's why one of the first things a slave master did was to replace the name of his slave. That new name helped to purge the slave's memory of personal value, and that began to reduce the slave to little more than the master's property.
"If loss of name devalues a person, then there is little difference between a slave with a foreign name and a refugee with a fake name."
From Refugee Was My Name, revolution violence, Pub. 2012, Opine Publishing.
(c) 2011 Mogama