I think that this world is not a realm that admits to a solution. That isn’t what this world is about. It’s a different kind of activity that we have here. We have to deal with good and evil continually. With joy and despair, with all the antinomies, all the opposites and contraries. That’s what our life is about. We can’t abdicate that. I, myself, am not attracted to the easy solution, the dogmatic solution. I think that when you have large numbers of people attracted to the dogmatic solution, you get a very static, solid kind of society that is quite unpleasant to live in. That’s why I like our society. Nobody can quite dominate it.
From “Songs and Thoughts of Leonard Cohen” by Robert O’Brian (RockBill, September 1987). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell. Originally posted Sep 18, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.