“Miles considered Barrayaran marching bands. It wasn’t enough that humans did something so difficult as learning to play a musical instrument. Then they had to do it in groups. While walking around. In complicated patterns. And then they competed with one another to do it even better. Excellence, this kind of excellence, could never have any sane economic justification. It had to be done for the honor of one’s country, or one’s people, or the glory of God. For the joy of being human.”

Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity, p 83.


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