I've read this article three times already, so I figure that it's time to share it with more people.
Neil Gaiman is one of Earth's greatest treasures. He is a great writer, yes, but he embodies the highest ideals of humanity: the freedom of expression, kindness in dark times, and remembering that treating people with respect is always the right way forward.
It is impossible to pull only one enticing quote out of this article, so here are two of my favorite parts. Click on them if you'd like to read the whole piece.
"Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you've never been. Once you've visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different."
"Books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told."