"The trained mind knows that every transaction must benefit every person who is in any way connected with the transaction, and any attempt to profit by the weakness, ignorance, or necessity of another will inevitably operate to his disadvantage.In other words, we live on one world, and if there is profound sickness somewhere, it will affect us elsewhere. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
"This is because the individual is part of the Universal. A part cannot antagonize any other part, but, on the contrary, the welfare of each part depends upon a recognition of the interest of the whole."
'Satanic Verses' author warns of religion's dangers
"Monday, April 24, 2006
By Ted Roelofs
CHRONICLE NEWS SERVICE
Death threat or not, controversial author Salman Rushdie is not about to yield ground about the place of religion in his fiction.
'What you're dealing with here is a dreadful old atheist,' said Rushdie, 58, speaking Friday before a crowd about 2,000 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse as part of the Festival of Faith & Writing.
The Indian-born author of 'The Satanic Verses' was forced into years of hiding after the religious leader of Iran issued a 1989 order he be killed for insulting Islam."