Religion is a reassurance – in fact, that’s its only purpose.
You cannot come to a Nigerian restaurant without having pepper soup.
When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you’re suffering in.
The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
I think that looking forward it’s easy to imagine more constructive help for Haiti.
I want a society that provides decent jobs for those who can work and decent security for those can’t.
We do not possess an official certificate of birth for worship of one God. But the family line is clear: the Jews invented it to endure the coherence, cohesion and existence of their small, threatened people.
In the end, there is no absence of irony: the integrity of what is sacred to Native Americans will be determined by the government that has been responsible for doing everything in its power to destroy Native American cultures.
If we moved from industrialized agriculture to re-localized organic agriculture, we could sequester about one quarter of the carbon moving into the air and destroying our glaciers, oceans, forests and lands.
We can no more tolerate neutrality and benevolence toward every conceivable form of discourse, including that of magical thinking, than we can lump together executioner and victim, good and evil.