People of Earth

from Way Station (1963) by Clifford D. SimakRating: 3.7     (26 ratings)

It was a hopeless thing, he thought, this obsession of his to present the people of the Earth as good and reasonable. For in many ways they were neither good nor reasonable; perhaps because they had not as yet entirely grown up. They were smart and quick and at times compassionate and even understanding, but they failed lamentably in many other ways.
But if they had the chance, Enoch told himself, if they ever god a break, if they only could be told what was out in space, then they'd get a grip upon themselves and they would measure up and then, in the course of time, would be admitted into the great cofraternity of the people of the stars.
Once admitted, they would prove their worth and would pull their weight, for they were still a young race and full of energy -- at times, maybe, too much energy.

- Enoch Wallace

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