Heinlein Month: A lion caged with a lamb


Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962).

We lived like that “Happy Family“ you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb.

It is a startling exhibit, but the lamb has to be replaced frequently.

(Robert A. Heinlein, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1958.)


Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962).

The lamb has to be replaced frequently.

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4 Responses to “Heinlein Month: A lion caged with a lamb”

  1. IzaakMak Says:

    Isn’t it interesting that, despite living in a reality where lambs have to be frequently replaced, the dominant philosophy advocates the lamb as the role model for humans to emulate?

  2. nicastrese Says:

    Lions advocate that. Makes things easier for them. But Jesus the Christ, for instance, often characterized as a lamb, and who is often cited as one who promoted lambishness, actually advocated a fundamentally deep, completely pervasive, absolutely shrewd resistance to exploitation, even when one is otherwise powerless — the Passion being all about radical spiritual integrity and faith in one’s transcendent connections despite being in the grip of the arbitrary monstrosities of “lions”. In his instructions to his disciples going out “into the world”, for instance, he said things like, : “Be wise as snakes and innocent as doves” and “I have come not to bring peace but a sword”. Etc. Develop a lion heart and be as sly as a snake, but proceed out of the depths of spiritual innocence and reach for sacred transcendence. It’s the only way to find absolute fulfillment. Even if you grew up bleating, or still do.

    OK. Back to work.

  3. Jed Leyland Says:

    It is said Haley Mills turned down the title role and is a big regret for her.

    If only….

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