The world is aflame with evil and atrocity; the scandal of perpetual desecration of the world cries to high heaven.
And we, coming face to face with it, are either involved as callous participants or, at best, remain indifferent onlookers....
We pray because the disproportion of human misery and human compassion is so enormous.
We pray because our grasp of the depth of suffering is comparable to the scope of perception of a butterfly flying over the Grand Canyon.
We pray because of the experience of the dreadful incompatibility of how we live and what we sense.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Wisdom of Heschel, with thanks to inward/outward