I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever feeling sorry for itself. -D.H. Lawrence

from Christopher Dorner – Manifesto on Rap Genius

Meaning

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The text of this quote makes up the entirety of D. H. Lawrence’s poem, “Self-Pity.”

The inclusion of this quote is notable due to the questions we’re ultimately left with. Namely, the question of what Dorner is trying to convey about himself through the quote’s inclusion.

Does Dorner see himself as a “wild thing” incapable of the human emotion of self-pity? If so, the quote’s existence within the manifesto transforms into an extremely succinct and resolute comment by Dorner that he doesn’t feel sorry about the cards he’s been dealt, which makes his moral imperative (i.e. clearing his name) all the more pure.

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