How could we have been so credulous? so ignorant? It seems that once you decide to believe, your faith becomes more precious than truth, more real than reality.
Heda Margolius Kovaly, Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968
A sure way to tell if you’re listening to collective improvisation is if the music is so jaw-droppingly intricate and flexible that no single mind could think it all up in such detail.
Phil Lesh, Searching for the Sound, 114.
Take a good look around…
“If the opposition would only stop arguing amongst themselves,” the cousin went on, “they would win the election and get rid of the government. That would be a good thing, do you not think?”
“No,” said Mma Ramotswe.
The cousin stared at her. “But it would be very different if we had a new government, “she said.
“Would it?” asked Mma Ramotswe. She was not a cynical woman, but she wondered whether one set of people who looked remarkably like another set of people would run things any differently.
Alexander McCall Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life, 2003, Page 29.
Seems a pretty good reason to eliminate 95% of what we call government.
Disease usually results from inconclusive negotiations for symbiosis, an overstepping of the line by one side or the other, a biologic misinterpretation of borders.
Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell: Germs