Sex vs warmth

No amount of money or sex could take the place of friendship, loyalty and a girlie heart-to-heart. “Sex [you] could, and did, get everywhere,” she once wrote. “Warmth was rare.”

—The Economist, in ‘Obituary: Judith Krantz died on June 22nd


(Also: why I believe that sexual infidelity is immaterial. Emotional infidelity is what really matters. Yet, the society considers them the reverse.)

Why women prefer cities…

Women leave in greater numbers than men, says Hiroya Masuda, the author of an alarming report on rural depopulation. “There is a glass ceiling for women everywhere, but in rural areas it tends to be made of thick steel,” he says.

—The Economist, in ‘Rural areas bear the burden of Japan’s ageing, shrinking population

It’s not just in Japan.

Love, evil & violence

The essence of all religious teaching lies in love. The special characteristic of the teaching about love lies in the fact that it has clearly and precisely defined the main condition of love – a condition which, if not observed, destroys any possibility of love. This condition is as follows: do not resist evil with violence.

—Tolstoy, in “A calendar of wisdom