eskalera (eskalera) wrote,

"We need mirrors" (?)

"We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is. We are seaching for an ideal image of our own world: we go in quest of a planet, of a civilisation superior to our own but developed on the basis of a prototype of our primeval past. At the same time, there is something inside us which we don't like to face up to, from which we try to protect ourselves, but which nevertheless remains, since we don't leave Earth in a state of primal innocence. We arrive here as we are in reality, and when the page is turned and that reality is revealed to us — that part of our reality which we would prefer to pass over in silence — then we don't like it any more."

Stanisław Lem, book Solaris
Source: Solaris (1961), Ch. 6: "The Little Apocrypha"

Just interesting. "We are only seeking Man". Not Woman. Because even genius Lem thought that man and woman can be described as one word "Man".

Actually our civilisation will be prepared for contact with another worlds, not earlier than after accepting the fact, that man and woman are aliens to each other. They cannot understand each other, they don't have to understand each other, and they should to be happy about it

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