Art makes us feel less alone. It makes us think: somebody else has thought this, somebody else has had these feelings.
Language comes first. It's not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven't got language, you can't be conscious.
In the sixties, for anybody to suggest that the government didn't have our best interests at heart and policemen sometimes killed people would have automatically made them a radical firebrand lefty. That's not the case anymore.
No matter how powerful our political and religious leaders think they are, they are as dust before the immense and implacable forces of history and progress. I just hope that they don't make too much of a mess or take too many more people down with them.
Gilbert Newton Lewis