Re: [infoguys-list] the Downfall of Western Civilivation Part I
- And as he was fond of saying and writing, "An Armed Society is a Polite
I miss Lazarus Long, for all his foibles.
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On 11/4/05, Ryugen C Fisher <mycroft@...> wrote:
> Hello suesarkis,
> A very talented author, engineer and erstwhile prophet named Robert
> Anson Heinlein defined (in the late 1940's) this period of time as
> "The Crazy Years" ..
> One of his protagonists once asked the lead character in a one of his
> novels, "What single social element proceeds the downfall of every
> civilization in history?" .. the heroine made several excellent
> guesses but was wrong.. the real answer? "Lack of Politeness" ...
> The failure of politeness to be a determining factor in social
> interaction has been (and is?) a precursor to the downfall of every
> great culture and civilization in known history ...
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