There’s something to be said in favor of working in isolation in the real world.
I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff.
In the real world, 90% of the money spent on medical research is focused on conditions that are responsible for just 10% of the deaths and disability caused by diseases globally.
When you are a people’s movement, you have one thing. Your only asset is people. And you have to deal with real people. Not the people of your imagination. Not the people you wish people would be. But people as they exist actually out there in the real world.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
Proposing inner-life solutions to our political and economic catastrophes is something done, say the critics, only by people who’ve spent more time in la-la land than in the ‘real world.’