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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Robert A. Heinlein

Rules and Order Quotes

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Quote #7

"A prude thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws." (33.37)

And if the prudes are the majority from quote 5? Then what?

Quote #8

"But mostly [philosophers] debate how we can be made to obey this code—ignoring the evidence that most tragedies they see around them are rooted in the code itself rather than in failures to abide by it." (33.85)

Jubal doesn't think that debating about why we obey the rules is important if the rules are crooked from the get-go. Better to not waste energy there and, instead, work to construct new rules.

Quote #9

"Wherein lies the conflict, sir? Killing a man may be necessary. But confining him is an offense against his integrity—and your own." (35.144)

Jubal argues that rules confining a man are wrong, but killing a man for an offense may be the correct course of action. Do you think this lends itself to rule and order? Or is it the opposite: anarchy?

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