Friday, September 26, 2008

‘The Algebra of Infinite Justice’

Remember Malcolm’s quotes of last week one of which went ‘Politicians are like diapers. They both need regular changing for the same reason.’

During the week I heard David Lange being quoted. In response to being told by a local Government official that they were naming a toilet block after him he quipped, ‘yes but the contents will be named after you’!

The lead up to the elections will sadly and undoubtedly get quite dirty and one can become disillusioned about politics but we must remain focused on insisting that the right policies are adopted to address a number of pressing justice issues.

Arundhati Roy from her book, ‘The Algebra of Infinite Justice’ gives wise counsel:
“The only dream worth having ... is to dream that you will live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead ... To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or to complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

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