Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book three: Looking Backward 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy

An interesting book penned in 1887. The protagonist, living in the late 1800s, goes to sleep and wakes up in the year 2000. Much has changed, all for the betterment of humankind. 3 down, 23 to go.

Favorite line:
"Are credit cards issued to the women just as to the men?"
"The credits of the women, I suppose, are for smaller sums, owing to the frequent suspension of their labor on account of family responsibilities."
"Smaller!" exclaimed Dr. Leete, "oh, no! The maintenance of all our people is the same. There are no exceptions to that rule, but if any difference were made on account of the interruptions you speak of, it would be by making the woman's credit larger, not smaller. Can you think of any service constituting a stronger claim on the nation's gratitude than bearing and nursing the nation's children? According to our view, none deserve so well of the world as good parents. There is no task so unselfish, so necessarily without return, though the heart is well rewarded, as the nurture of the children who are to make the world for one another when we are gone."

No comments: