One test of a good idea is that it seems obvious and even inevitable in retrospect. And in the retrospect of 18 hours, Pope Francis’s invitation to the leaders of Israel and Palestine to join him in a prayer for peace at the Vatican – it will happen June 8 – aces the obvious-inevitable…
As you read this poem, ask yourself a simple question and take some time to ponder it: "How, then, shall I live?"
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
Dave Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening
And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries."