I have to take it on faith that God is working out God's purposes and sometimes, looking around, it's possible to see real progress, real signs of liberation, as we break free of constraints based on fear, prejudice, or the need to control. We are, for example, far more aware now of racism than we were when I was a child, and we see the need not to accept it but to root it out. This is progress. We are beginning to be more aware of our responsibilities toward this earth and all who live in it. We've seen progress in the liberation of women, and the confrontation of violence against them and against children. Incomplete as it always is, our knowledge is still deeper and richer by far than the crude old mechanistic models.

Molly Wolf, White China