"...when people are determined on a mode of conduct which they know to be wrong, they feel injured by the expectation of any thing better from them."
—Jane Austen


"Ye who have wondered to hear, in the same evangel, that God is love, and that God is a consuming fire, see ye not how, to the soul resolved in evil, perfect love is the most fearful torture, the seal and sentence of the direst despair?"
—Harriet Beecher Stowe.



Somebody says to me, "Have you got any bad habits you're trying to break?" and all I can say is, "I've given up trying to break them."


There's something I often see in Japan that bothers me. It is the way in which gay people are considered intrinsically laugh-worthy in Japan, especially in the entertainment industry but also in regular conversation.


People will defend this by saying that it's all in fun. But the lack of expressed hostility does not mean that this isn’t discriminatory.


The key issue is, are we saying, "This gay person is a funny person," or are we saying, "Gay people are funny"?


Fundamental to the concept of respect for others is the practice of seeing people as people.


The same thing goes for Japanese comedians who think that Afro wigs are hilarious by default, or those who think that anything involving "foreigners" is a comedic goldmine.