|Bow selfie taken yesterday|
Well, sometimes it's because they feel the less strangers know about it, the better. Like the speakers of Maidu who feel knowledge is power, and they would rather their language die with them than hand it over to strangers:
Maidu Speakers Won't Share
"We believe the way you reach richness in life is through knowledge. It gives you power and it is your responsibility to use that wisely. If you pass that knowledge on, you are responsible for the outcome. If someone misuses the knowledge you give them, if they use it to hurt someone, you as the person who gave it to them, are responsible for that hurt."'Bow seems to feel the same way. A long time ago, someone said in his presence that if people knew what he could do, they would kill him. At the time, he took it very much to heart. Today, I'm not sure that's what's motivating him to keep mum. I think he just has a very good life, and he does not want to risk changing it.
There are many others who keep their light hidden. There are students in high school who make sure they don't excel because they don't want to be geeks or losers. They intentionally keep expectations about their achievements lowered, because they don't want to be used for their minds.
Not everyone wants to prove how smart he is or share what he knows. Unfortunately, that is not true of me. I do want to share, I do want people to know.
So there's a conflict between what I want and what Bow wants. Is there a way to prove what a subject knows without his cooperation? And if there were a way to do that, would it be ethical?