Serious Business

A community which cannot or will not realise how insignificant a part of the universe it occupies is not truly civilised. That is to say, it contains a fatal ingredient which renders it, to whatever extend, unbalanced. This is the story of one such community.
— opening lines of Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss

: Zubon

4 thoughts on “Serious Business”

  1. Finally got round to reading Greybeard last month and very much enjoyed it. I think Non-Stop is the missing Aldiss straight SF novel I’ve still to read. Taken me four decades but I’m gradually getting through them.

  2. It’s remarkable how people are impressed by people who know how to sound profound.

    So, does anyone here have an explanation for why “any community” that doesn’t know how worthless it is is “doomed” by this “fatal” flaw?

    1. People who think of themselves worth more than their neighbours, are more likely to think to possess the only truth, and proclaim anyone else wrong. If it’s only one person, it’s of little consequence. If it’s a whole community, that’s how wars are made, in a nutshell.

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