must make demands of reason and create a life worthy of ourselves and of the goals
we only dimly perceive.
now and for always, I intend to hold fast to my belief in the hidden strength
of the human spirit.
regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution that undermines the
moral and legal foundations of a society. I reject the notion that the death penalty
has any essential deterrent effect on potential offenders. I am convinced that
the contrary is true -- that savagery begets only savagery.
of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths,
which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed
into bloody dictatorships.
insights arise only in debate, with a possibility of counterargument, only when
there is a possibility of expressing not only correct ideas but also dubious ideas.