If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time

This is now probably my favourite quote; but when I first heard it a long time ago, and it “didn’t make sense”

I mean, if I can help someone, shouldn’t I? I think if the opportunity to help presents itself, we should offer to help - if someone collapses in the street, don’t walk past thinking “well, my liberation isn’t bound up with theirs”.

But adopting the role of a saviour, like in Kipling’s White Man’s Burden, and imposing that saviourship on others whether they want it or not, is the issue
(Also recommended The Teacher’s Burden (aka Teacher Saviourism))

The quote is often attributed to Dr. Lila Watson, possibly because she used it in this keynote (which is also gives a lot of context to this), but she never wanted to be credited with its authorship.