Time Enough For Love (The World As Myth)
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Heinlein has profoundly influenced my thinking and life since I was but in my early teens, so I guess this review isn't exactly impartial. Still, there are books of his that bored me, among them Stranger in Strange Land. In other words, I know the man's limitations.
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I think RAH transcends mere sexuality (or he's a horny old goat, one) and winds a tale in his 'future history' series that is unlike anything else I've ever read. IOW, I don't think he could have quite told the tale without sorta 'getting rid' of standard morals about sex and love.
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The number one thing I learned from this is book, and in fact from the body of Heinlein's work, is that almost all morality is a construct of society and should change, evolve and adapt to remain useful. I think far too many people just look at the surface of things, without looking a little deeper.
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Or, to put it another way, when Heinlein is telling a story here, it's good stuff. "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter," "The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail," etc. -- the more Lazarus is relating the stories of his past, the better. Even ...more
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"Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor. "
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This is also one of the best love stories of all time. Go Dora!
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But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a footpad than it is with the leech who wants "just a few minutes of your time, please—this won't take long." Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these parasites will use up 100 percent of your time—and squawk for more!
So learn to say No—and to be rude about it when necessary. Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you.
(This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don't do it because it is "expected" of you.)”