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January 11, 2013

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"A lot of sci-fi adventures feature the idea of a 'cultured' society which has become so formalized and ossified in ritual that it's dishonest, corrupt, and barbaric in its purported civility, and it takes the Barbaric Outsider's rude truth to puncture the Sham Civility (which is Actual Primativism). That it happens in books doesn't make it false, though: It's a real thing. Sometimes -- often -- it takes either an outsider or at least a stubborn contrarian to point out we've moved past 'polite manners' and into the realm of barbaric habit."

Backgrounder: Twenty-emotions for which tere are no words in the English language.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 11, 2013 08:47 AM