A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin(January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
From the show, Deep Space Nine. The Ferengi Quark tells about human beings and how they return to their base nature after a little deprivation.
Quark: Let me tell you something about Humans, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holo-suites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people… will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
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That is why I love science fiction, it allows us to select a point of view outside of ourselves and look towards us and point to our weaknesses and our strengths. I believe it is a true statement, take away most people’s creature comforts, our clean sheets, easy food, and put our future in jeopardy and we revert to our animalistic ways. That is why I believe in regularly putting myself in a less than pleasant situation, so that if I should truly be deprived it will not be a total shock to me.
Played by the Armin Shimerman.