You can kill a revolutionary but you can't kill revolution...you can jail a liberator but you can't jail liberation. -- Fred Hampton
Why didn't you dare it before? he asked harshly.
When I hadn't a job? When I was starving? When I was just as I am now, as a man, as an artist, the same Martin Eden? That's the question. I've been asking myself for many a day. My brain is the same old brain. And what is puzzling me is why they want me now. Surely they don't want me for myself, for myself the same olf self they did not want. They must want me for something else, for something that is outside of me, for something that is not I. Shall I tell you what that something is? It is for the recognition I have recieved. That recognition is not I. Then again for the money I have earned and am earnin. But money is not I. And is it for the recognition and money, that you now want me?
Why didn't we recognize how much it bothered them spiritually and politically?
Why didn't we put Stalin on trial? I'll tell you why...In order to condemn Stalin, you'd have to condemn your friends and relatives along with him. The people closest to you...our neighbor Yuri turned out to have been the one who informed on my father. For nothing, as my mother would say...When Yeltsin came to power, I got a copy of his file, which included several informants' reports. It turned out that one of them had been written by Aunt Olga...his niece...a beautiful woman, full of joy...It's not just Stalin and Beria, it's also our neighbor Yuri and beautiful Aunt Olga.
Why didn't my father get to give Mom the fairy tale? Why do most people fail to give each other the fairy tale?
Why didn't he say goodbye? I gave myself a bruise. Why didn't he say 'I love you'?
Why didn't evolution make a giraffe good at carpentry so it could build a ladder?
Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?
Why didn't Jacob simply refuse to go along with this bold, obvious swindle? Again, Robert Alter's insights are invaluable. When Jacob asks, 'Why have you DECEIVED me?' the Hebrew word is the same one used in chapter 27 to describe what Jacob did to Isaac. Alter then quotes an ancient rabbinical commentator who imagines the conversation the next day between Jacob and Leah. Jacob says to Leah: 'I called out Rachel in the dark and you answered. Why did you do that to me?' And Leah says to him, 'Your father called out Esau in the dark and you answered. Why did you do that to him?' His fury dies on his lips. He sees what it is like to be manipulated and deceived, and he meekly complies with Laban's offer.
Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
Why didn't I buy a new phone earlier? Why don't I always walk around with a spare phone? It should be the law, like having a spare tire.
Why didn't God apportion fine looks in equal accordance with deserving personalities? A horrid man ought to be horrid looking.