Did you ever harbour hopes for the way the world would progress, that things might get better, more dignified, that we were looking to a brighter and better tomorrow?
When you’re on the frontline in the battle for your own survival there are times when the fighting subsides and you can come up with some reflections one way or the other. But then the snipers start and the grenades are launched and you wonder how you’re going to acquit yourself honourably of the responsibilities that you’re engaged. That’s the difference between the philosopher, the priest and the politician and what I do. I don’t have to win a vote, I don’t have to establish a system that doesn’t contradict itself, I don’t have to have a clear vision, I don’t even have to have a vision. All I have to do is report things as accurately as I can from moment to moment.
From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993).