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A Heinlein Quote (??) 
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Just ran across this in the comments on an NPR story:

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Personally I'll go with a Heinlein paraphrase: the difference between bad and worse is much greater than the difference between good and better.


That doesn't ring a bell with me -- what is the original poster referring to?


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Rings absolutely no bells for me. Specifically who said it and in what context?

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Jubal referring to Joe Douglas. He says it to Ben when Ben wakes up from his kidnapping.


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Hi Tina,

I was thinking about you the other day - hope you are doing well. I have missed your pixels.


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Good catch, Tina. I was thinking it rang bells, but faintly.


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Thanks Audrey -- it has just been a tough time, though I finally got moved. They say both good and bad things are stressors, so I got married, moved, lost him, moved, and moved completely ... all in about six months.

Now I breathe in and breathe out to compensate for the above. I adopted a dog Sunday and she escaped on Wedneday. Some days you can't win.


Bill, I used to know Stranger so well that when the restored version came out I tripped abruptly over each one of the 60,000 words of restoration. Really. So if it comes from the original, it's in my head somewhere.

Right now I need to unpack some more, but I will be back ... after a couple of trips to PA with stuff that I am getting rid of to the nieces. Life.


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Post Re: A Heinlein Quote (??)
BillMullins wrote:
Just ran across this in the comments on an NPR story:
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Personally I'll go with a Heinlein paraphrase: the difference between bad and worse is much greater than the difference between good and better.
That doesn't ring a bell with me -- what is the original poster referring to?
TinaBlack wrote:
Jubal referring to Joe Douglas. He says it to Ben when Ben wakes up from his kidnapping.
And is typical Heinlein, identifying something that our use of language makes it difficult for ordinary people to see.

"Things are going from bad to worse". Everyone knows what that means; there is no converse cliche "Going from worse to bad" it just doesn't gel does it?

To use a controversial example: the drug problem is 'worse'. The War on Drugs is an attempt to make it 'good'. Few even recognise the proposition that decriminalisation (or some other policy) might improve the situation to 'bad'. All discussion on the subject centres on moving to 'good'.


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I just started a reread* of SiaSL last night, and had hit this scene just before dozing off at 3-mumble a.m. (RAH always does that to me).

The exact passage read: {Jubal speaking} "There's always a choice! This one is a choice between 'bad' and 'worse'--which is a difference much more poignant than that between 'good' and 'better.'"


*Or, since it is my first read of the uncut version, does that mean it is a read and not a reread?

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