And what of my extended family-birds, beasts, and reptiles? They too have drowned. Every single thing I value in life has been destroyed. And I am allowed no explanation? I am to suffer hell without any account from heaven? In that case, what is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker? Is it no more than to shine at practicalities-the getting of food, clothing and shelter? Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast net if there's so little fish to catch? (pg. 98)
I am Shiva-this is the great meditation of the yogis in the Himalayas. . . Hea ven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us. This is the great realization of the Upanishads of India in the ninth century B. C. All the gods, all the heavens, all the worlds, are within us. They are magnified dreams, and dreams are manifestations in image form of the energies of the body in conflict with each other.
When a health policy analyst went to heaven, he asked God the same question: 'Will America ever have a single-payer system?' And God said, 'Absolutely. Just not in my lifetime. ' I'm afraid that little story is true. Americans just are not prepared to let government be responsible for all of their health care.
Who looks at me, beholdeth sorrows all, All pain, all torture, woe and all distress; I have no need on other harms to call, As anguish, languor, cruel bitterness, Discomfort, dread, and madness more and less; Methinks from heaven above the tears must rain In pity for my harsh and cruel pain.