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If we are on the outside, we assume a conspiracy is the perfect working of a scheme. Silent nameless men with unadorned hearts. A conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not. It's the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us. We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle. Conspirators have a logic and a daring beyond our reach. All conspiracies are the same taut story of men who find coherence in some criminal act.
Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him!
The search for conspiracy only increases the elements of morbidity and paranoia and fantasy in this country. It romanticizes crimes that are terrible because of their lack of purpose. It obscures our necessary understanding, all of us, that in this life there is often tragedy without reason.
In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Most people give off as much heat as a 100 watt bulb, but not as much light.
Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
Friendship is to have the latchkey of another's mind.
Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.

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