“At dinner one night, at a large university center, there was a discussion of colonialism and what it had brought by way of blessings to the country. A very beautiful young Indian woman, an instructor at a nearby college, whispered to me, ‘Dr. Thurman, do you know why the sun never sets on the British Empire?’
‘No,’ I replied.
‘I will tell you,’ she said. ‘God cannot trust the Englishman in the dark.’
Source: With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman Harcourt Brace & Company, 1979 p. 124
The ‘So-What’?! Significance: Aside from the astute observation about conquerors in general, I just liked the humor of the anecdote, and I’m glad Dr. Thurman used it in his autobiography.