While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations.
We had long discussions about this, because at the beginning I was a little bit reluctant, because I thought, 'Well, are people going to think that we've got a camera on Mars?' and then, I thought, 'Well, people are far enough along. The audience is smart.' We want to show want show what the rovers are doing and we can't just have stills.
This sounds cheesy but when I would get in discussions with people about religion or spirituality, a lot of people would say, "I believe God is nature, there's God in that tree" - and I would think, What the hell are they on about? But it was about four or five years ago in Hawaii where that all made sense to me and I got it all, and I felt God was in the trees and in the grass and the flowers, and I completely understood.
I'm not going to anticipate the outcome of the discussions. I hope they will be successful.
The door for discussions is still open. Only you can say whether it (possibilities of a grand alliance) is a closed chapter.
If something was bugging you, you talk about it. But that's the cool thing: we (My Chemical Romance) don't bug each other. We just have deep discussions about art and music like friends. And we disagree about stuff but the disagreements are so healthy and intelligently thought out. We're very respectful of each other's opinions, especially about music.
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With all the arguments and discussions about the Vietnam War, what did the visual image do? It ended the war.
Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores.
I've been offered political shows before, and I don't know anything about politics and I feel uncomfortable making political opinions - there's consequences to them. I often think I'm wrong, so I really don't like getting in political or religious discussions because of the giant possibility that I might be wrong.
Not until my fourteenth or fifteenth year did I begin to come across the word 'Jew,' with any frequency, partly in connection with political discussions.... For the Jew was still characterized for me by nothing but his religion, and therefore, on grounds of human tolerance, I maintained my rejection of religious attacks in this case as in others. Consequently, the tone, particularly that of the Viennese anti-Semitic press, seemed to me unworthy of the cultural tradition of a great nation.