Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.
Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence.
Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K.
In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to figure out what somebody is saying. Somebody might actually be saying something.
Our society has gotten to the point where we might soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence.
Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in line by investigative reporting, public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments in court against those who put products on the market that are dangerous to their buyers.
The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war.
If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway.
All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm.
Our democratic richness arrives when we're able to comprehend our collective humanity accurately.
What we need in America is a renaissance. We need to go forward by going backward.
Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can.
Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day, thinking about how I want to phrase something or how I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
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