Sunday, 17 April 2016
Nature And Humanity
-Poul Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), p. 221)
"Earth was a planet fit for gods, unbelievable, before civilization mucked it up."
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), p. 100.
"'Are you telling me, gentlemen, that there is nothing we can do to rid our world of these murderous vermin?'"
-Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 875.
Crown Prince Alexander asks this on a rainy spring day when the breeze brings odors of wet vegetation from the gardens and a damp salty odor from the nearby Aegean Sea (on Sparta, not on Earth).
Some Spartans would be able to appreciate the spring, the gardens and the sea without being troubled by politics - or they might be killed in a terrorist attack. How can humanity combine appreciation of natural beauty with resolution of social conflicts?