The fundamentalist believes that we believe in nothing. In his worldview, he has his absolute certainties, while we are sunk in sybaritic indulgences. To prove him wrong, we must first know that he is wrong. We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love. These will be our weapons. Not by making war but by the unafraid way we choose to live shall we defeat them.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, Speech at the Hamilton Club, Chicago (10 April 1899)
Weitaus besser ist es, gewaltige Dinge zu wagen und glorreiche Siege zu erringen, selbst wenn man von Fehlschlägen geprüft wird, als zu jenen Kleingeistern zu zählen, die weder große Freude noch großes Leid empfinden, weil sie in jenem grauen Zwielicht leben, das weder Sieg noch Niederlage kennt.