"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Service needn't be servile. Attitude and the Ferengi Rules of
> Acquisition will suffice. Now if we could only deal harshly
> with the media portrayal stereotypes of those misunderstood
> emissaries of capitalism.
> "May I do you a service?" showed up in some Heinlein story.
> I've liked it, as it can be uttered utterly superciliously,
> or humbly. Lots of topspin on that phrase. He shortened it
> to "service", which I am not sure I like. Hmm.
This was the namby pamby post-Prophet period of the Covenant in which
"Methuselah's Children" began, where individuals who did not fit
society's standard model of being properly 'socialized' had the choice
of being 'adjusted' by psychiatric treatment or else being exiled to
live within 'Coventry' type enclosures of brutal thuggery/anarchy.
Not a good model of a society to work from. I like Tellus Tertius much
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