The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective (fayanora) wrote,
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective

Feast or famine...

Sorry for all these posts, it seems to be feast or famine with me, and today is a medieval King's big feast of the year. But I had to post this. It's from "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. LeGwin*, pages 153-154. The parts in bold are my emphasis, the parts in italics are her emphasis. The first line in bold made me literally laugh out loud in Border's as I was reading it, I even got weird looks=

(Copyright 1969 by Usula K. LeGuin)
      Sose heads a committee that purports to suppress the obscene plays performed in public kemmerhouses here ... Slose opposes them because they are trivial, vulgar, and blasphemous.
      To oppose something is to maintain it.
      They say here "all roads lead to Mishnory." To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road.
      Yegey in the hall of the Thirty-Three today: "I unalterably oppose this blockade of grain-exports to Karhide, and the spirit of competition which motivates it." Right enough, but he will not get off the Mishnory road going that way.
      To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his nonexistence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. Thus proof is a word not often used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to treat God as a fact, subject to either proof or to belief: and they have broken the circle, and go free.
      To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.
      Here, the government can check not only act but thought. Surely no men should have such power over others.

Bear in mind, in the introduction Ursula says she is an atheist.

Oh, by the way, since I flocked it because I was saying some things out of anger, I will say for the public record that the people I've been living with the past few months are kicking me out and I have nowhere to go.

* = Yes, I know it's actually Ursula K. LeGuin. I just HAD to make that pun. Given what my LJ's subtitle is, can you honestly say you're surprised?
Tags: what i'm reading
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