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Like a lot of people, I had this naive hope that Barack Obama would fix everything quickly. You know, the culture of celebrity in this country leads us away from democratic ways of thinking and into this hero worship.
And so of course, one man cannot swoop in and fix everything on his own. It’s much more complicated and difficult than that, and progressives in this country since then have had to come to terms with the fact that we need to do more than actually get out of our house and vote. It’s an ongoing process to turn the tide.
I thanked the President [George W. Bush] for the steadfastness and resolve with which he’s tackling the very complicated problems in the Middle East and Iraq, as well as the Israel-Palestinian issue…. It’s critical for us in Southeast Asia that America does that…. because it affects America’s standing in Asia and the world, and also the security environment in Asia because extremists, the jihadists, watch carefully what’s happening in the Middle East and take heart, or lose heart, depending on what’s happening.
True feminine beauty is not a complicated formula involving hundreds of rules to remember. It is not something that requires spending two years at finishing school or being groomed as a beauty pageant queen. It is the natural byproduct of a young woman who has emptied herself, given up her own life, and allowed God’s Spirit complete access to every dimension of her inner and outer life.
It’s not just global warming, it’s not just a loss of biodiversity, it’s not just the pollution of our oceans and the clearing of our rainforests and all these complicated systems, The [11th Hour] movie talks about the world economy, it talks about politics, it talks about personal transformation and environmental consciousness that we need to have in this generation to implement a lot of these changes that need to occur.
I’m a civilized person who obeys the law and is pretty easy to get along with, but I’m more complicated than that. I use my work as a way to get all that other stuff out and experiment with feelings and ideas, and the forbidden. That’s just part of my process, I think, to identify something forbidden. That’s what lures me into wanting to do the work, write the story down.
You have to have a good script. You have to have compelling and complicated characters that you want to hang out with. Also, since you’re going to be living with your crew and cast, I think it’s really critical to create a great working environment, because we’re spending so many days, so many hours together.
I received a phone call from my mother, and it was so complicated and involved, and it reminded me of just how it is in a family, and how it is in Mexico, and gossip, and all this stuff. And I thought, well, why can’t a documentary be made about gossip? And in that way, I touch upon these other things – identity, cultural identity, and aesthetics.
A lot of people fear death because they think that so overwhelming an experience has to be painful, but I’ve seen quite a few deaths, and, with one exception, I’ve never known anyone to undergo anything like agony. That’s amazing when you think about it. I mean, how complicated the mechanism is that’s being taken apart.
One of my problems with terrorism is that it’s self-evidently bad. The main thing that makes it complicated is the fact that it works. When you go at it with a moral hammer, it’s really, really bad. It’s so bad you wouldn’t believe it because you don’t accomplish anything. I think the one thing terrorists themselves are vulnerable to is mockery. It’s an excellent weapon.
Books proliferate, and occasionally sell in very large numbers, which claim to have found the rule, or small set of rules, which will guarantee business success. But business is far too complicated, far too difficult an activity to distil into a few simple commands … It is failure rather than success which is the distinguishing feature of corporate life.