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- The worst arguments involve at least six: you and I, and the caricatures we make of ourselves and each other.
- The cliche: a verbal uniform, which helps us blend in with the crowd.
- Doubt is an ongoing struggle: making sure skepticism doesn't become cynicism or stubborn myopia.
- What people call 'spirituality' is often hatred of matter disguised as love.
- Sometimes we fail to anthropomorphise other humans. The result: bad fiction and stereotypes.
- 'Having it all' can be an unfortunate euphemism for 'expanding one's repertoire of obedience'.
- One of the cardinal virtues of the novel: meeting minds normally concealed by etiquette, shyness or obscurity. For example: Elinor Dashwood.
- What's most saddening about many supernatural beliefs is the contempt they have for the 'merely' natural.
- The problem with nationalism: its most vocal defenders often fail to exemplify the best in their country.
- T.S. Eliot once said of poetry: 'It takes up less space.' Yes, but only on the page. In the mind it grows exponentially.
- Religion's metaphysical thievery: robbing nature to pay the supernatural.
- Vocal self-hatred: fans who denigrate unfashionable celebrities for being 'unknown'.
- Jean-Paul Sartre: a novelist who mistook his autobiography for philosophy.
- Advertisers selling anti-bacterial soaps: opportunistic parasites.
- For some, philosophy is about justice - trying to recover what they were robbed of: the Great Whole of childhood, womb or...