It's a question of internal/external forces; self-determination versus imperialist notions of ‘doing what's best for the benighted savages’.
Yet I find little to criticize here, because he does so clearly not in the benighted belief that we have ever really been free of such a pattern but in the hope that we might one day be.
All they could do was build the best possible shelters for themselves, before the rainy season began, while he did his best to ensure their survival and eventual escape from this benighted place.
Besides suffering through a variety of severe but all-too-common mine accidents in its benighted history, the coalfields of Vancouver Island have also played host to some of B.C.'s most famous activists.
The forest was also frequented by outlaws, and was a place of great danger to the benighted traveller.
"Father," said Jack, "can you lodge a benighted traveller that has lost his way?"
Now what was meant, of course, in fairness to the benighted author, is that educated people are statistically disproportionately liberal.
But is it right that our appetites wreak havoc on a country most of us have never been, and where grinding poverty of a kind that's been eliminated in even the most benighted , neglected corners of our own country is as common as it is confining?
He still continued, however, cautiously to progress along the road on which be was benighted , and at length the twinkling of a distant light raised some hope of succour in his heart.
It's a primitive, benighted method of ordering life that is based mostly on coercion and the world would be much better off if all its forms were banned forever.