After so many years, I feel more American than anything else, but I’m also Romanian and whatever other oddities of temperament I picked up elsewhere, in Transylvania or France, for instance. These days, everybody is both an exile and a resident – they don’t call it the global village for nothing.
Scholars have long dreamed of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written.
For the Greeks, there was no single canonical version of creation, but a number of overlapping stories.
I believe that nationalism is a very strong force, but there are other forces operating; there are tendencies pushing towards a larger picture, especially in Europe, I think; but I still think nationalism is real.
Even in non-democratic countries, people have a legitimate interest in knowing about actions taken by the government.
Without in any way minimising the economic and psychological blow that people experience when they lose their jobs, the unemployed in affluent countries still have a safety net, in the form of social security payments, and usually free healthcare and free education for their children. They also have sanitation and safe drinking water.
Assuming China does not become destabilized and continues to grow, it will no doubt develop a military program in proportion to its resources.
In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.
It is simply not true that war is solely a means to an end, nor do people necessarily fight in order to obtain this objective or that. In fact, the opposite is true: people very often take up one objective or another precisely in order that they may fight.
The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself.