• In an age of enormities, the emotions are naturally weakened. We are continually called upon to have feelings - about genocide, for instance, or about famine or the blowing up of passenger planes - and we are all aware that we are incapable of reacting appropriately. A guilty consciousness of emotional inadequacy or impotence makes people doubt their own human weight.

    Saul Bellow (2016). “It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future”, p.138, Odyssey Editions