The Purpose of Civilization

Reading _A Logic Named Joe_ using [Stanza](http://itunes.com/apps/Stanza) is producing some great quotes. From “The Pirates of Zan”:

> “Do you realize,” he asked, “that the whole purpose of civilization is to take the surprises out of life, so one can be bored to death? That a culture in which nothing unexpected ever happens is in what is called its ‘golden age’? That when nobody can even imagine anything happening unexpectedly, that they later fondly refer to that period as the ‘good old days’? … Government … is an organization for the suppression of adventure. Taxes are, in part, the insurance premiums one pays for protection against the unpredictable.”