Romesh Gunesekera

A civilized society? In theory easy to find: enlightened, fair and caring to all. In practice, almost impossible to find without blemishes or gaping holes. So, it is up to you and me. First to establish an empathetic connection between the two of us, then the four of us, then the eight and so on. To be civil is to be half way there. To eschew violence would bring us a step closer. And if all of us were lucky enough to develop a habit of reading, and imagining other lives, we’d be closer still.

Romesh Gunesekera – Novelist