"She said, ‘If it were up to you, dear, there would be no information. People would sit at desks all day, crying.’
'If it were up to you, dear,' my mother said, 'there would be no evidence, no truth, laws, or logic. The criminals, the jury, the lawyers and the witnesses would sit in courtrooms crying—and the judge, he would be crying too.'
My mother said, ‘If it were up to you, dear, anger would be the private emotion. Drivers would not curse across the crumpled hoods of cars but crouch in streets like bonsai trees and commence sobbing.’”
Jessica Alexander, from “The Problem”