October 27th, 2008

one apple out of the crowd

Barbara Kingsolver on the nature of prejudice

Deference to the physical superlative, a preference for the scent of our own clan: a thousand anachronisms dance down the strands of our DNA from a hidebound tribal past, guiding us toward the glories of survival, and some vainglories as well. If we resent being bound by these ropes, the best hope is to seize them out like snakes, by the throat, look them in the eye and own up to their venom.
— Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson