„I have one question for the Government, why can't it function without the coup perpetrators?“

—  Koila Nailatikau, On the government's proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission, 21 July, 2005, 21 July 2005
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„I do not know the answer to these questions, and I do not believe that anybody else does, but I think human life would be impoverished if they were forgotten, or if definite answers were accepted without adequate evidence. To keep alive the interest in such questions, and to scrutinize suggested answers, is one of the functions of philosophy.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1940s, Philosophy for Laymen (1946), Context: There are a number of purely theoretical questions, of perennial and passionate interest, which science is unable to answer, at any rate at present. Do we survive death in any sense, and if so, do we survive for a time or for ever? Can mind dominate matter, or does matter completely dominate mind, or has each, perhaps, a certain limited independence? Has the universe a purpose? Or is it driven by blind necessity? Or is it a mere chaos and jumble, in which the natural laws that we think we find are only a phantasy generated by our own love of order? If there is a cosmic scheme, has life more importance in it than astronomy would lead us to suppose, or is our emphasis upon life mere parochialism and self-importance? I do not know the answer to these questions, and I do not believe that anybody else does, but I think human life would be impoverished if they were forgotten, or if definite answers were accepted without adequate evidence. To keep alive the interest in such questions, and to scrutinize suggested answers, is one of the functions of philosophy.

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„And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone
And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone
Can't live proud enough to die when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here.“

—  Phil Ochs American protest singer and songwriter 1940 - 1976
Lyrics, "When I'm Gone" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/when-im-gone.html from Phil Ochs in Concert (1966)

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