Charles Bukowski ranks as my favorite contemporary poet. He died in 1994, but he wrote in a brutally honest, smash-mouth style that reflects the reality of the world in which we live. He was a writer’s writer and never minced words or pulled his punches.
This quote is typical Bukowski, although maybe a bit tamer than much of his writing. But, as in most of his work, he nails it again. If we really want to make a difference, if we truly want to change the world, we have to save one person at a time.
And that’s hard. That’s damnably hard, far harder than most are willing to admit.