I know, human beings are often despicable, but don’t on that account neglect the children.

Why do you fear truthfulness? Because it is so rare? Or do you fear its power to suddenly transform a conversation, to disrupt the social necessity of ‘conversational flow’? Do you fear mindfulness? Or, are you only mindful of imitating others?

Despite the best efforts of government, a deeply conservative society may resist any proposed change to traditional beliefs and values. I am thinking here of Saudi Arabia: fixed gender roles are so deeply embedded in traditional Saudi culture, that recent government-led efforts to modernize Saudi attitudes to women are actively resisted. And what else can the government do when the same cultural attitudes towards gender are mirrored in the institution of Islam itself?

The secret wish of every writer? whim.

A living human being: way and wayfarer.

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