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quote 2015-02-14 22:35
[Camilla:]"One child ought to be enough, for any woman, if she has anything above the neck, unless she's a real neurotic with no independent sense of self esteem."
"Camilla," Ewen said very gently, "this is biological. Even back in the twentieth century, they did experiments on rats and ghetto populations and things and found that one of the first results of crucial social overcrowding was the failure of maternal behavior. It's a pathology. Man is a rationalizing animal, so sociologists called it 'Women's Liberation' and things like that, but what it amounted to was a pathological reaction to overpopulation and overcrowding. Women who couldn't be allowed to have children, had to be given some other work, for the sake of their mental health. But it wears off. Women sign an agreement, when they go to the colonies, to have a minimum of two children; but most of them, once they are out of the crowding of Earth, recover their mental and emotional health, and the average Colony family is four children - which is about right, psychologically speaking. By the time the baby comes, you'll probably have normal hormones too, and make a good mother."
Darkover: First Contact - Marion Zimmer Bradley

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quote 2014-10-04 16:27
Robert Heinlein: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, coöperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
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review 2014-09-21 17:40
Du und ich, wir haben dieses kleine Problem: Wir sind stark in hohen Prinzipien und schwach bei einfachem menschlichem Verständnis. Daran müssen wir arbeiten.
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quote 2013-10-01 07:55
"Tiere werden geformt von natürlichen Kräften,
die sie nicht begreifen.
In ihren Gedanken gibt es keine Vergangenheit
und keine Zukunft.
Es gibt nur die immerwährende
Gegenwart einer einzelnen Generation,
ihre Spuren im Wald,
ihre verborgenen Pfade in der Luft
und in der See.
Es gibt nichts im Universum, das einsamer wäre
als der Mensch.
Denn er hat die fremde Welt der Geschichte betreten."

Loren Eiseley
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quote 2013-09-25 07:19
Denn das Meer und der Himmel
und der Himmel und das Meer
lasten auf meinem müden Auge schwer,
und die Toten liegen zu meinen Füßen.

S.T. Coleridge
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