How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
— Emily Dickinson
“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
“Instead, people continue to die of human-adapted disease. Malaria kills more than 1 million children annually. Tuberculosis, in its ugliest, drug-resistant forms, is well-entrenched worldwide. Polio, despite our noblest efforts, continues to cripple and kill children. Fighting existing pathogens seems more urgent than hunting for possible new ones – less exciting, but more likely to ease real suffering in the world.”