The present moment, this royal immediacy, has never led the news order.
When a man says, “I think,” that’s typically not what is happening. It’s more likely that he is being thought, that the culture is cuing him up and telling him what to say.
Men are a mixture of yin and yang. Yin is the valley, the feminine principle; yang is the mountain, the masculine principle. Men with an excess of yang lead us to war; men with an excess of yin write poetry no one reads. We’ve been living in a yang nightmare ever since Constantine caught a vision of himself as a warrior Christ. Now, you may have noticed, things have begun to change. It’s getting quiet out there.
Memory is both collective and individual. Nations with the longest memories—Israel, for example, and Palestine—suffer the most, while countries with the shortest memories—Canada, for example, and Australia—suffer the least.
Memory is the past in a bundle. Politicians do not speak to Israel. They speak to its bundle.