There is pakistan's relationship with afghanistan which will also be a very tricky issue in the coming years. Then there is a large part of pakistan which is being torn apart from american drone attacks. The country is being invaded constantly by a terrorist superpower. Again, this is not a small problem.
To remember love after long sleep; to turn again to poetry after a year in the market place, or to youth after resignation to drowsy and stiffening age; to remember what once you thought life could hold, after telling over with muddied and calculating fingers what it has offered; this is music, made after long silence. The soul flexes its wings, and, clumsy as any fledgling, tries the air again
I just want to live as a simple buddhist monk, but during the last thirty years i have made many friends around the world and i want to have close contact with these people. I want to contribute to harmony and peace of mind, for less conflict. Wherever the possibililty is, i'm ready. This is my life's goal.
The burden of the national debt consists not in its being so many millions, or so many hundred millions, but in the quantity of taxes collected every year to pay the interest. If this quantity continue the same, the burden of the national debt is the same to all intents and purposes, be the capital more or less.
As for the jews, i am just carrying on with the same policy which the catholic church has adopted for fifteen hundred years, when it has regarded the jews as dangerous and pushed them into ghettos etc., because it knew what the jews were like. I don't put race above religion, but i do see the danger in the representatives of this race for church and state, and perhaps i am doing christianity a great service.
After us they'll fly in hot air balloons, coat styles will change, perhaps they'll discover a sixth sense and cultivate it, but life will remain the same, a hard life full of secrets, but happy. And a thousand years from now man will still be sighing, "oh! Life is so hard!" and will still, like now, be afraid of death and not want to die.
That moment - to this ... May be years in the way they measure, but it's only one sentence back in my mind - there are so many days when living stops and pulls up and sits and waits like a train on the rails. I pass the hotel at 8 and at 5; there are cats in the alleys and bottles and bums, and i look up at the window and think, i no longer know where you are, and i walk on and wonder where the living goes when it stops.
I do not deny that i planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because i have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
I never wanted to churn it out. Comedians tend to work all the time. They never put it down like musicians who might make an album then take three or four years off to recharge their batteries. Comedians tend to work straight through and they get stale because of that. Even when i didn't have a lot of money i never ever did it unless i had something new to say.
The world concerns me only in so far as i have a certain debt and duty to it, because i have lived in it for thirty years and owe to it to leave behind some souvenir in the shape of drawings and paintings not done to please any particular movement, but within which a genuine human sentiment is expressed.
If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe as we spread into space. If we are the only intellegent beings in the galaxy we should make sure we survive and continue. . . . Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet earth but to spread out into space. We have maderemarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space.