I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.
Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I do. I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too, because of the solace.
I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.
With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.
I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.
I want a language that speaks the truth.
But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.
You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.
I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.
That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting.
If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was World War II like for the young kid at Normandy, or what is work like for a woman having a job for the first time in her life? What's it like to be black or white?
Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.
I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not have national health insurance. We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health of all the industrial nations.
I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now.
When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.
I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory.
I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored.
I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People can connect with each other. I think people are ready for something, but there is no leadership to offer it to them. People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.'
Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too.
So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense.