Cliche of Logic

A feminist woman in a multibipolar world
One million Brazilians took to the streets last night. http://huff.to/19afp7Z (Photo by TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)

People distrust their government. The government fear their people. The reality is that people and government must find mutual respect.

One million Brazilians took to the streets last night. http://huff.to/19afp7Z (Photo by TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)

People distrust their government. The government fear their people. The reality is that people and government must find mutual respect.

Turkey is secular and it will remain secular. This is about democracy.

Turkey is secular and it will remain secular. This is about democracy.

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Embassy storming de jure: Black flags and Guy Fawkes masks in Egypt.

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Embassy storming de jure: Black flags and Guy Fawkes masks in Egypt.

Q. What do you wish for?

A. To keep everything that I have….

…things in the world which divide people.

There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism. If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things which unite people. It doesn’t matter who you are or who I am, if your tooth aches or mine, it’s still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word `love’ has the same meaning for everybody. Or `fear’, or `suffering’. We all fear the same way and the same things. And we all love in the same way. That’s why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division.

— Krzysztof Kieslowski

In order for us human beings to commit ourselves personally to the inhumanity of war, we find it necessary first to dehumanize our opponents, which is in itself a violation of the beliefs of all religions. Once we characterize our adversaries as beyond the scope of God’s mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant landmines and, days or years later, a stranger to us — often a child – is crippled or killed. From a great distance, we launch bombs or missiles with almost total impunity, and never want to know the number or identity of the victims.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each others children.

JIMMY CARTER, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2002