From Life of Pi


This novel by Yann Martel was exceptional not only because of Martel’s captivating writing, but also because of its spirituality.

Of those who care not for the poor lying in the streets, who turn the other way when others are suffering finding it easy to remain aloof, and yet glow with indignation when somebody insults religion or God, Martel writes,

“These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. Meanwhile, the lot of windows and homeless children is very hard, and it is to their defence, not God’s, that the self-righteous should push.”


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