Thursday, 5 July 2018
Liberty And Leisure
-Poul Anderson, The Dancer From Atlantis, CHAPTER TWELVE, p. 95.
Anderson echoes St Luke:
"A man's life consists not in the abundance of his possessions." (See here.)
The Atlanteans, when visited by Duncan Reid, have:
no signs of poverty;
wealth from the pilgrimage trade and from local industries;
a fertile sea;
a gentle climate;
freedom from war;
an undemanding government;
ample time for the enjoyment of life;
the opportunity to work harder for a bigger share of available luxuries;
more leisure and liberty than in the US, 1970 A.D.
Anderson evokes a lost golden age.