The problem with the anthropomorphic vision, that there is a “Creator” with something like what we human beings flatter ourselves by calling “intelligence,” is that then people … are mighty tempted to attribute intentionality to it, as though it were a person.
I’m not cut out to be a pundit — I don’t trust my own instant opinions. But I had to say something. I think what I said was that the aggression of Sept. 11 had been so extreme, that it called for an extreme response, and I was not prepared to condemn the attacks [bombing of Afghanistan] without knowing a lot more about them. (2001.10.07)
In a doorstoop on Sarphatistraat, beyond the curve of the Prinsengracht and two short blocks from the Amstel, a young man bellows.