Cultural References

Short contact/brief glances/jumping to conclusions

"Brief glances are all we get today instead of genuine acquaintance. It gives us the excuse we need to judge quickly and jump to conclusions."

India is the product...

...of the basic factor of "the bizarre multiplied by the sensational and raised to the exponent of the outlandish."

Star Trek

From Darmok:

Tamarian allegory Approximate meaning
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. working together
Darmok and Jalad on the ocean. working together against a threat
The beast at Tanagra. any problem to be resolved, a threat
Temba, his arms wide. take or use this, a gift
Temba, at rest. when a gift is rebuffed
Zinda, his face black, his eyes red. bad news
Kiazi's children, their faces wet. sadness, frustration, leave me alone
Shaka, when the walls fell. failure
Kiteo, his eyes closed. he doesn't understand
Chenza, at court, the court of silence. we're not talking any more
Mirab, with sails unfurled. departure, traveling
Uzani, his army with fists open. tactic to lure enemy closer by spreading out
Uzani, his army with fists closed. tactical move to close in on enemy after luring him in
The river Temarc in winter. be silent
Sokath, his eyes uncovered. he gets it
Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel. first contact

H. L. Mencken

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.