We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This particular RAH quote came from a letter he wrote to a certain David Presser about an evaluation of a book written by Alexei Panshin. Panshin's book, "Heinlein in Dimension" was a critique of Heinlein's work to date and a sort-of-kinda-wannabe biography of Heinlein's work. Heinlein took great exception to Panshin's "analysis" (he attempted to explain Heinlein as "alienated" at one point) of Heinlein's mental and personal state and at one point threatened to sue over it.
While that particular quote from the letter is very apt for today's political and social situations, the one in the letter than affected me the most was the following:
".....I have no wish to have a man who does not know me and who is considerably less than half my age tell me who I am, what I think, and what my evaluations are."
Heinlein was a brilliant author and thinker, something of a libertarian with a rational bent. Admittedly he did go off the deep end later in his career, but some have long felt that it was because he wanted to secure a safe financial future for his wife Virginia - anything by Heinlein was sure to sell well.
I've often felt that to really see inside Heinlein's soul, you need to read "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long". It is a collection of sayings by the world's oldest living human being - a virtual immortal. There is no doubt that Lazarus Long is Heinlein's alter ego or even is Heinlein. Some of the quotes are absolutely priceless, humorous and everything in between. To wit:
"Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house."