Monday, July 28, 2003

There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence, were somehow weak and helpless.

Yann Martel, The Life of Pi

Monday, July 14, 2003

In Europe and America [modernity] had two main characteristics: innovation and autonomy (the modernizing process was punctuated in Europe and America by declarations of independence on the political, intellectual, religious and social fronts). But in the developing world, modernity has been accompanied not by autonomy but by a loss of independence and national autonomy. Instead of innovation, the developing countries can only modernize by imitating the West, which is so far advanced that they have no hope of catching up. Since the modernizing process has not been the same, it is unlikely that the end product will conform to what the West regards as the desirable norm.

Karen Armstrong, in Islam: A Short History

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger as quoted by Jim and Tim (The Duct Tape Guys)

Monday, July 07, 2003

What strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known, are better than the things which we have known.

Samuel Johnson, as quoted by James Boswell.