Thursday, 14 January 2016
-Poul Anderson, Cold Victory (New York, 1958), pp. 88-89.
That is one side of revolution. The other side is people who do know that they are fighting and where they are going, whether a clique seizing power or a population overthrowing a dictatorship.
"They wound up the levels, feeling their bodies grow heavier..." (p. 94)
Surely, if they are approaching heavier levels, then they should experience this approach as a descent? But I am confused about how centrifugal force works. Earlier:
"An elevator took them up to officer level. Actually, thought a dim corner of Friday's mind, the term should have been 'down,' since they were increasing centrifugal 'gravity'; but the notion of the upper classes living 'upward' was too ingrained for usage to change, even though on any one level 'down' meant the direction of acceleration." (p. 76)
We understand the difference between physical up and down and social up and down. Someone might travel "down" to London because it is in the south of the country or"up" because it is the capital. However, if the elevator is experienced as descending, then it is hard to imagine that it would be thought of as going "up." And the direction of acceleration is "down" within a single level? I do not get that last bit.