Night Blooming Cereus
Photograph by Lee van Laer
I think that the whole world has to call itself, as we stand today, into question, and open not just our armories and our pocketbooks, but our hearts, our borders, and our doors and pantries, to those in need. It’s true that this is a tremendous demand that will cost us much; but it is better to decide to do what is right and then figure out how to pay for it, than to cynically calculate how much the right thing will cost before we decide whether or not we ought to do it.
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Lee van Laer is a senior editor at Parabola Magazine.