Stranger in a Strange Land
Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"My failures so greatly out-number my successes that I wonder if full grokking will show that I am on the wrong track—that this race must be split up, hating each other, fighting, constantly unhappy and at war even with their own individual selves… simply to have that weeding out that every race must have" (36.167).
Mike wonders if it is impossible to change the rules of society because the rules of nature (survival of the fittest) supersede them. That is, humanity can't change because our nature, or nature on a grander scale, won't allow it.