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Courtesy of Robert A. Heinlien

"I made a very important discovery at Camp Currie. Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more. All the wealthy, unhappy people you've ever met take sleeping pills; Mobile Infantrymen don't need them. Give a cap trooper a bunk and time to sack out in it, and he's as happy as a worm in an apple - asleep."
-Juan Rico
Starship Troopers (the book, not the movie)

This isn't to say that I couldn't go for another couple of hours of downtime, but after 9 blessed hours I feel soooooo much better!


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Jun. 9th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Starship Troopers was a good novel. It was all about the importance of patriotism. For them, voting was a right to be earned, and one that everyone devoutly wanted.

I wonder how the voted turnout compares between now, and the year that blacks, or women, got the vote.
Jun. 14th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I love the novel dearly, and it's certainly made me think a lot over the years.

On one hand, the socio-political system espoused in the novel flies in the face of some of what I stand for. On the other hand, I really can't argue with its logic. Having never served in the military I wouldn't be able to vote under that system, but I don't know that I'd be opposed to it. If I'd been raised in that system then I definitely would have served (and not just because I have a fetish for powered armor!).
Jun. 14th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Many countries do require military service, but it is enforced with jail time rather than de-citizenship. Isn't citizenship of a nation considered one of the inalienable human rights according to the UN or something?
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