Real Democracy Takes Guts
'Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.'
--the indomitable 88-year-old novelist and Nobel laureate Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook. To learn more about the life & times of the self-educated Lessing, who dropped out of high school at the age of 15, you can go here. Like all great writers, she resists classification. While many regard Notebook, published in 1962, as a pathbreaking feminist tract and its author as a feminist icon, she spoke out in this interview with the Guardian, saying "I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even noticed."