While we live in our derivative cultures, pale reflections of Old Earth life, the Ousters have explored new dimensions of aesthetics and ethics and biosciences and art and all the things that must change and grow to reflect the human soul. (6.501)
The Consul has seen how the Ousters live, and to him, the grass is greener on the other side. They're not held back by memories and nostalgia. But without memory and nostalgia, are we still human?