That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
So I think one can say on empirical grounds – not because of some philosophical principle – that you can’t have democracy unless you have a market economy.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly.
There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers.
I want to be optimistic because I don’t think man is intrinsically violent.