I’m not astounded at the various forms of aberrated behaviour that are reported or seen. I’m surprised there isn’t more considering what people are up against today. As I see it, just walking the streets of the various cities I visit, I’m surprised that people are so kind and so compassionate and still so considerate, considering the kinds of conditions that we’re living in today. I mean they aren’t that bad, I guess. When I pull up at a stop sign in the middle of the winter or a bus stop and there are 20 people waiting out there in the cold to get their bus at 5 or 6 in the morning, I’m surprised that the social fabric is still holding, that they don’t pull me out of my car. I’m surprised that the thing holds together. I think there is a tremendous amount of goodwill in the United States. I am always surprised as I say, that the thing holds together, that people are really as good to one another as they are.
From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988. Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by Gorupdebesanez – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted March 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric