First of all, this is all gigoid’s fault. If he wouldn’t have used a few quotes from Lazarus Long in his Pearling today, then I wouldn’t have rummaged through my bookshelf to find and read “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long” by Robert A. Heinlein.
There is some truly brilliant stuff in there. Here’s a few that resonated deeply for me. I thought I’d share, for you to ruminate over.
“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”
“God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent – it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.”
“There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who ‘love Nature’ while deploring the ‘artificialities’ with which ‘Man has spoiled “Nature.”‘ The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of ‘Nature’ – but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the ‘Naturist’ reveals his hatred for his own race – i.e., his own self-hatred.
In the case of ‘Naturists’ such self-hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most the rate.
As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women – it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly ‘natural’.
Believe it or not, there were ‘Naturists’ who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being ‘unnatural’ and a ‘despoiling of Nature.'”
The first quote I love because of course we all know stupid can’t be fixed, but this offers hope that it will terminate itself. All we can hope for is that stupid will terminate prior to reproducing.
The middle one is just beautiful.
The last one appeals to me particularly on the level where people buy into this “oh, it’s natural, so it must be good for me” propaganda BS. For those who would drink that Kool-Aid, I offer them instead some nice all-natural Hemlock tea. None for me though, thanks, I like my life.
There are lots of other gems in the book. It’s worth having. Not sure if the Kindle version has the gorgeous calligraphy and illuminations.