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Foundation

Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

Duty Quotes

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Quote #7

"It may be due merely to unavoidable errors of calculation, or it might be due to the fact that I knew too much. I tried never to let my foresight influence my action, but how can I tell?" (III.2.87)

How's this for some backward thinking? Here, Hardin's duty is to do nothing and try to minimize his ability to know anything ahead of time. That's got to be harder than it sounds—and it sounds pretty stinkin' hard.

Quote #8

"In the name of the Galactic Spirit and of his prophet, Hari Seldon, and of his interpreters, the holy men of the Foundation, I curse this ship." (III.7.15)

Theo Aporat comes to a duty crossroads, where he has to choose between duty to his country and duty to the Foundation. Can you guess which one he goes with?

Quote #9

"[…] Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists planted a colony, the Foundation, out here in the middle of the mess, so that we could incubate art, science, and technology, and form the nucleus of the Second Empire." (V.3.18)

Surprise! The Foundation's true duty is to keep science alive. But is it really their duty if they're tricked or forced into it? Does duty without free will really mean anything?

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