I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization.
I’m sure Putnam is right that there’s been a decline in certain kinds of organizations like bowling leagues. But people participate in communities in other ways.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Many of my poems are not sexual.
Even if one is interested only in one’s own society, which is one’s prerogative, one can understand that society much better by comparing it with others.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
I try not to observe myself in the process of composing a poem because I don’t want to come up with a formula, which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.