More than 30 years ago, when I had embarked upon the fight against child labour, it was not even considered an issue worth any discussion. It was accepted as a way of life in India, much like it was in other countries. Today, no country or business or society can throw this issue away.
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.
In a situation where many national leaders do the same thing and look out for national interests, and with an issue like global warming, you’re likely to get no solution, so I think you have to have some kind of ethical trump on some of those issues.
Calling gender violence a women’s issue is part of the problem. It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention.
The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God.
Carter’s hopes died when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and he ended up having to reverse policy and launch the military buildup that Reagan continued. Mr. Obama would be forced back into a war on terror if terrorist groups pull off enough damaging or frightening attacks to force this issue to the fore.
I’ve said this before – and I mean it strongly – an abstract concept or a moral issue has to be connected to feeling. If we don’t believe it somehow viscerally, we don’t really take it in.
Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.
Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war.