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When you think about the abolition of slavery for example, for the ruling class with the rich white people owning plantations and states, and things like that, slavery was to their benefit. To oppose it didn’t make any sense at all on a rational basis. But on a rights basis, on a principle basis, it made obvious, overwhelming sense.
This weapon [the atomic bomb] has added an additional responsibility – or, better, an additional incentive – to find a sound basis for lasting peace. It provides an overwhelming inducement for the avoidance of war. It emphasizes the crisis we face in international matters and strengthens the conviction that adequate safeguards for peace must be found.
Most people believe they have a clear idea of what’s right and wrong. Many say they know how they’ll act, or how they’ll handle an extreme situation. But to be honest, no one knows. Not reallyBecause none of us truly knows what we’ll do when the circumstances become so overwhelming and complex that we can’t even tell right from wrong.
At the crowded Costanzi Theater in Rome, while I was listening to the orchestral performance of your overwhelming Futurist music,1 together with my Futurist friends Marinetti, Boccioni, Carrà, Balla, Soffici, Papini, and Cavacchioli, there came to my mind the idea of a new art, one that only you can create: the Art of Noises, a logical consequence of your marvelous innovations.
Everything seems overwhelming when you stand back and look at the totality of it. I build a lot of stuff and it would all seem impossible if I didn’t break it down piece by piece, stage by stage. The best gift you can give yourself is some drive–that thing inside of you that gets you out the door to the gym, job interviews, and dates. The believe-in-yourself adage is grossly overrated.