THE MOST IMPORTANT KIND OF FREEDOM IS TO BE WHAT YOU REALLY ARE. YOU TRADE IN YOUR REALITY FOR A ROLE. YOU TRADE IN YOUR SENSE FOR AN ACT. YOU GIVE UP YOUR ABILITY TO FEEL, AND IN EXCHANGE, PUT ON A MASK. THERE CAN'T BE ANY LARGE SCALE REVOLUTION UNTIL THERE'S A PERSONAL REVOLUTION, ON AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL. IT'S GOT TO HAPPEN INSIDE FIRST.
"Along with all of the other rising inequalities we’ve become so familiar with — in income, in wealth, in access to politicians — we confront now a fundamental inequality of accountability. We can have a just society whose guiding ethos is accountability and punishment, where both black kids dealing weed in Harlem and investment bankers peddling fraudulent securities on Wall Street are forced to pay for their crimes, or we can have a just society whose guiding ethos is forgiveness and second chances, one in which both Wall Street banks and foreclosed households are bailed out, in which both inside traders and street felons are allowed to rejoin polite society with the full privileges of citizenship intact. But we cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of forgiveness to the powerful. This is the America in which we currently reside."