Why do I do what I do? Why is my life this weird potpourri of music, science, literature, politics, and surrealism?
I believe every human being should have – by virtue of being born human – access to knowledge, culture, and history.
I believe culture should be available to everyone, be they rich or poor.
I believe arts and humanities are a necessary component of education, from pre-K to PhD and not excluding the trades. Why can’t a bricklayer like poetry, a garment worker music, a farmer literature, a bookkeeper sculpture? By saying cultural pursuits are only for people from specific classes and castes, we deny the basic humanity and the need to create – to endure – of billions.
I believe we should govern ourselves by hope, not fear.
I believe in the transformative power of the humanities.
I believe in the human race, even when the human race does not believe in itself.
I believe if we do not kill ourselves in the cradle, we will go to the stars.
I believe that’s enough for now.