“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, something real?”
— Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), Fahrenheit 451, 1953
“I don’t find our relative insignificance disheartening at all: The main thing it tells me is that in a culture that worships celebrity and the purportedly extraordinary, ALL people are ordinary people. ALL people have the same responsibilities to themselves and to each other. Maybe the universe cares nothing for us, but WE care about each other. And most encouragingly, we care not just for our friends or family but for the whole enterprise of life—we care about strangers and about humpback whales and, most beautifully of all, we care about the dead. We try with our lives to honor theirs. That’s how we make our lives meaningful, and how we make their lives meaningful, too.”
John, answering a non spoilery question over at the onlyifyou’vefinishedtfios tumblr and reducing fellow LeakyNews Editor Catherine and I to some leaky leaky tears via the power of Skype. I didn’t paste the answer in full, just an excerpt, so do read the rest.
BUT OTHER QUESTIONS ON THAT TUMBLR ARE SPOILERY SO DON’T GO THERE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.