Stranger in a Strange Land
"Mike is utterly civilized, Martian style." (13.101)
"Jubal, if I offered Mike a glass of water, would he go through that lodge routine?" (17.281)
"But a poor portrayal is as effective as a good one for most people. They don't see defects; they see a symbol which inspires their deepest emotions; it recalls to them the Agony and Sacrifice of God."
"Jubal, I thought you weren't a Christian?"
"Does that make me blind to human emotion? The crummiest plaster crucifix can evoke emotions in the human heart so strong that many have died for them. The artistry with which a symbol is wrought is irrelevant." (30.53-54)