Joshua Rothman, writing for The New Yorker, on Charles Taylor, the Canadian philosopher, includes this beautiful line:
“Democracy is teleological,” Taylor said. “It’s a collective effort with a noble goal: inclusion.”
He also said (Taylor, not Rothman) that democracy is a “fiction that we’re trying to realize.” The piece also included this:
“Try to listen; find out what’s troubling them; stop condemning.”
I’m not there yet.